Amazon is done giving away a different free Android app every day. But the company’s not done with Android freebies: instead the company has launched a new shopping app called Amazon Underground that lets you use your smartphone to shop for just about anything Amazon sells… and which also includes “over ten thousands dollars in apps, games and in-app items that are actually free.”

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The Amazon Underground app includes a section for Underground Apps, where you’ll find free versions of apps you’d normally have to pay to use. Not only are the apps free, but there are no in-app fees, because Amazon has worked out a deal with developers to pay them on a per-minute-paid basis.

That means you won’t have to pay for extra lives, power ups, or other items.

Some of the games that are currently offered include Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions, Angry Birds Slingshot Stella, Frozen Free Fall, and Goat Simulator. Some games, such as Duck Tales Remastered, normally sell for as much as $10.

Note that you’ll need to have the Amazon Underground app installed on your phone to play those games: you can’t install the store just to get free apps and then uninstall the store once they’re downloaded, because the games will stop working.

You can install Amazon Underground by visiting Amazon.com/Underground in your web browser on an Android device. If you already have the Amazon Mobile shopping app installed, Underground will replace it. And if you have a Fire HD tablet, you don’t need to install anything new: the Underground Apps should show up in the Appstore automatically.

Interestingly, Amazon continues to offer paid versions of some of the same apps: There are paid and free versions of Disney’s Castle of Illusion, for example. As AFTV News notes, there do seem to be some restrictions on the free versions: some cannot be installed on Fire TV devices, for instance.

While you can find the free apps in the Underground Apps section of the new Amazon Underground app, you may also spot them from time to time while browsing for other apps. You’ll know the free apps when you see them because they’re marked with a banner that says “Actually Free.”

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13 replies on “Amazon ends free app of the day, launches Underground Apps”

  1. A note on the Underground App. It is a very invasive app tracking a lot of user information many people would prefer Amazon or anybody else not have. Amazon is selling your information now.

  2. Wonder if they will eventually be taking away the free games people have already if you get a new device.

    1. Doubtful. Media is attached to an Amazon account not a device. After their “1984” issue, I suspect that Amazon would only “claw back” media if it was financially more valuable than the black-eye they’d receive by the press and their customers.

  3. so, they’re selling (giving away) Android apps from within an app that they want on the Google Play Store? Let’s see how long this lasts …

  4. Interesting model, they must have big plans for the underground to get people on board using this method… To be fair, Amazon is great for finding things cheap or lightly used. I just wish Prime was worth it more up here in Canada – there’s no incentive for me to have it to use for free shipping when I can’t also use music, movies, tv shows, etc.

    1. I did notice a lot of ads in the one “actually free” app I downloaded. Basically there was an ad between every level. I’m too lazy to check and see if this is normal behavior for that app or not.

      1. I’ve noticed that you can purchase the in-app upgrade for $0.00 to get rid of ads. It is essentially the same game that used to charge $9.99 or whatever to remove ads, but now with Underground you “buy” the upgrade for $0.00. Check the app’s store, I purchased unlimited lives and coin packages on Cut The Rope 2 (normally a $50 value).

      2. If it was Angry Birds… yeah, thats normal behavior. The freemium apps out there have gotten pretty bad.

    2. I know that this is just throwing more money at the problem which probably ruins the value of it but, when i was in canada, i just used a VPN to pretend i was in the US (Sometimes England too, to watch BBC, buying a vpn subscription will usually get you a pretty good set of servers all over the world).

      1. I guess I could do that too – I used to do it with Netflix. It does add up though, $10 for netflix, $5 for a VPN, $8 for Prime – I could do worse, and pay $150+ a month for cable + internet to watch the same stuff 🙂

        1. Every once in awhile, you get places selling ‘Lifetime VPN Suscriptions’. Who knows how long that companies lifetime will be but, my lifetime VPN sub only cost $30 and, its been good enough to stream with.

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