Amazon Instant Video app now available for Android
At last Android users will be able to access Amazon Instant Video (Amazon Prime Instant Video) upon their common or garden Android devices. Previously the app was only available to computer users, Apple iOS and Amazon Fire (an Android OS fork) mobile platforms, PlayStation and Xbox consoles, some Smart TVs and various set top boxes.
Supporting Android devices has been a long time coming for Amazon’s video streaming services. We think that the company held off deploying an Android app, to stream its media content, to make its own Kindle Fire devices a more attractive proposition. Of course as the services work on its forked Android OS it was rather a trivial matter to implement on regular Android via Google Play but it’s not happened until now.
So far we know that Android users in the US, the UK and Germany all have access to the Amazon streaming video services already. To get viewing you have to download/update to versions 5.x of the Amazon App for Android. Within this app you browse and install the Prime Instant Video streaming app. Once you are logged into your Amazon account within the Amazon App you can select the Prime Instant Video option from the menu to get started browsing and watching content.
While the above two app method is a bit more complicated than iOS and Kindle users have to put up with it’s not so tricky if you are a current subscriber and Android device owner who wants to make use of the streaming service.
This Android app first version seems to have been warmly welcomed by users but many are asking for Google Chromecast support. Also its twin app approach of searching within the Amazon App then switching to play in the Prime Instant Video app is seen as clunky by some.