Amazon's Appstore may have been a scrappy upstart when it first debuted in 2011, but tight integration with Amazon's services, some well-received Amazon-branded tablets and promotions such as Amazon Underground have won the Amazon Appstore a loyal following. In fact, the number of apps has ballooned to more than 600,000. Let's take a closer look at some of the best Android apps available in the Amazon Appstore today. (Photo: Jeremy Lips/Tom's Guide)
Amazon Underground is an neat Amazon promotional app that allows users to download premium apps and games and run them, all for the low low price of free. Premium games, office productivity suites and everything else in between can be had without dropping a cent, with in-app purchases and other normally paid features unlocked. Amazon Underground is already baked in to Amazon's Kindle and Fire devices. It's had a good run, but Amazon is planning to shutter the Underground program in 2019, so take advantage of it while you can.
Facebook is a ubiquitous presence in today's social media world, and the Facebook mobile app keeps you in touch with your family, friends, contacts and groups. The Facebook mobile app compresses much of the website's functionality into a mobile package, allowing users to post and share status updates and photos, view notifications and keep updated on their news feed. One caveat? Facebook split off the messaging features into a separate app, Facebook Messenger, so if you want the full experience, you'll want to install Messenger as well (which also includes texting, voice messaging and call functions).
Twitter has taken the world of culture, entertainment, and online news by storm with its succinct microblogging platform featuring 280-character tweets (up from the original 140 limit) that are easily displayed on mobile devices or on desktop. The mobile app takes Twitter on the go, allowing you to post tweets, share media, view your timeline, and browse through other people's tweets and direct messages in a convenient mobile format.
As mobile computing and smartphones become more and more important to our daily lives, unscrupulous cyber criminals have increasingly turned their attention to malware aimed at smartphones and tablets. Malwarebytes is a respected name in the computer security market that also makes a capable mobile app to protect your mobile device from malware, potentially unwanted programs, malicious links, and other security threats. The app can run on-demand or perform scheduled scans. It can scan files and apps you access in real time, while updating its protection database automatically to make sure your device is well protected.
Podcast Addict is a solid, feature-packed Android podcatcher that comes with neat extras. It covers the basics with automatic updating of episodes and downloads, as well as automatic deletion to save space. Other neat features include variable speed playback and a sleep timer. Podcast search allows you to quickly find individual episodes, or you can look through a variety of databases for new podcasts and trending shows. In addition, the app also supports video podcasts, YouTube channels, audiobooks, streaming radio and other media sources.
Evernote is one of the premier, cross-platform note-taking services, allowing users take and upload notes, pictures, audio and video snippets and organize them into cloud notebooks that can be synced across different devices. Loaded with powerful organization, formatting and sharing options, Evernote is still king even with the rise of competitors such as Catch Notes and Google Keep. The free version lets users upload 60MB worth of content monthly, with paid accounts allowing more options.
Feedly is one of our favorite mobile and desktop news reading tools, and the mobile app manages to merge the best of multiple interfaces, with a text-only list view for quick browsing through your news feed, and flashier magazine and card-style layouts for a more visual approach. Users can sign up for topical updates from a variety of websites and blogs, or add custom subscriptions from sources like RSS. Articles can be saved in the app (or through Pocket) for offline viewing and shared through a variety of other apps.