Amazon App Store lets you try before you buy Android apps

• 28/03/2011

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The newly launched Amazon App Store for Android Apps launched with some skepticism on why we need another Android Market. Amazon may be priving it’s worth now with a feature you can’t get anywhere else, trying the app before you buy on a virtual Android smartphone.

The Android virtual machine, is not just a web application or flash simulator, it’s an actual virtual machine, which for those who aren’t aware, it’s the same as having the actual device, without having the actual device. The software is the same, functions the same, etc. This is how Amazon explains this great new feature;

Clicking the “Test drive now” button launches a copy of this app on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), a web service that provides on-demand compute capacity in the cloud for developers. When you click on the simulated phone using your mouse, we send those inputs over the Internet to the app running on Amazon EC2 – just like your mobile device would send a finger tap to the app. Our servers then send the video and audio output from the app back to your computer. All this happens in real time, allowing you to explore the features of the app as if it were running on your mobile device.

So, the fear of buying or using an app has been eliminated, which should fair well for developers who actually produce great apps, but just doesn’t get the cred a screenshot provides. Now what about adding virtual Android devices for different versions of Android, say in a drop-down list for people to choose what’s on their Android device. And what about tablets?

[Via – Engadget | Amazon]

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