Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets don’t ship with access to the Google Play Store. Instead users can download apps and games from the Amazon Appstore — but you don’t need a Kindle Fire to use Amazon’s store. You can also download and install the Amazon Appstore on almost any Android device.
And there’s a good reason to do that this week: Amazon is giving users $5 to spend in the Appstore if they just install the store and download one app or game.
The deal runs from December 24th through the 28th, and the $5 credit counts toward future purchases. You can’t just install the Appstore, find a $5 app, and expect it to be free if it’s the first thing you download.
Amazon also offers a free app of the day, taking one app or game that normally costs money and offering it to users free of charge. This week the company is promising to offer even more free apps, as well as deep discounts on many apps.
There’s a bit of a catch though: If you download apps from the Amazon Appstore, they’ll only work as long as the store is still installed on your device and you’re logged into your Amazon account. Unfortunately, I’ve found the app has a habit of logging me out every week or two, and that frustrated me enough that I went and paid full price in the Google Play Store for a few apps I’d previously gotten for free from Amazon.
You results may vary.