How Come The App I Want Is Not Available in the Amazon App Store?

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A Great New App You CAN’T Buy On Amazon

Regular site visitors know I am a player, and huge fan, of The Simpsons: Tapped Out game app from EA. So those readers may have (correctly) thought I’d also be interested in EA’s new game, Family Guy: The Quest For Stuff. The new game is essentially the same concept as in Tapped Out, but it’s set in the Family Guy world instead of The Simpsons’ world.

You can get it in the iTunes App Store or on Google Play, but it’s not yet available in the Amazon App Store. And I’m totally fine with that. I can wait, and so should anyone who’s using a non-Apple device.


Amazon Vets Apps & Developers Thoroughly

App developers and app users may complain about the typical delay between the time a hot new app is released and the time it becomes available for purchase in Amazon’s App Store, but they shouldn’t. The delay is because Amazon won’t list just ANY app from just ANY developer.

Amazon does due diligence on every app and every developer, because its growing digital empire is built on consumer trust. It could be disastrous for Amazon if any kind of malware or virus were to be passed from its site to its customers, and that’s exactly what would be happening if any Amazon-listed apps turned out to have malware or viruses in them.

Amazon’s working very hard to prevent this from ever happening, and I’m pretty happy about it because Amazon’s time and effort spent vetting apps and developers means I don’t have to take on the responsibility and risk of checking them out myself. That app release delay is the price Amazon’s App Store customers pay in exchange for the security that comes from knowing the Amazon App Store is the safest online marketplace for apps.

Google Play doesn’t vet app developers or apps at all, and according to some app developers I’ve discussed this with, Apple’s screening/review process is not as rigorous as Amazon’s.


So the next time you’re feeling left out because a friend has that hot new app and you don’t yet, remember: your friend may have gotten more than just the hot new app, and that’s something you don’t have to worry about so long as you’re willing to wait for the Amazon release.


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And now…

If you frequently buy apps or make in-app purchases, Amazon Coins can save you some money. The Coins are spent just like real money in the Amazon App Store and for in-app purchases, and the value of one coin is the same as one U.S. cent—but you get more than a dollar’s worth of coins per dollar you spend to buy them. The more Coins you buy, the higher the bonus. For example, $10 worth of coins costs $9.50 (5% bonus), $25 worth of coins costs $23 (8% bonus), and $50 worth of coins costs $45 (10% bonus). Amazon warns that not all developers will accept their Coins for in-app purchases, but I’ve yet to come across one that doesn’t. If you want to be sure, just check the in-app purchase menu of your favorite apps and see if “Amazon Coins” is listed as an option on the payment confirmation page. I’ve been using them for years, for both app purchases and in-app purchases, and I love ’em!


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  1. Comment by Leila Simonsen:

    Well, I am willing to wait for Amazon’s diligence on new apps. My complaint is about apps,I’ve used for years on my computer & other Android devices, but cant use on my Fire, specifically RoboForm & Dropbox. They have been around. (I don’t get sideloading.)

    • Comment by Mom:

      I’m not familiar with RoboForm, but with respect to DropBox it’s probably because the Fire isn’t built to accept memory cards and doesn’t have much on-board memory. Really, the Fire’s not designed for the user to interact with the operating or file system at all, and that’s what you need to do to use DropBox: locate and move files around.

      As for sideloading, it’s safest not to ever do that. It’s one way malware can glide right past all of Amazon’s precautions. There are a few articles here where I’ve touched on it, but it’s definitely a ‘proceed at your own risk’ situation.