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December 12, 2014

Appstore integration forces Amazon to pull its app from Google Play

wpid-amazon_co_uk-logo__1080821a.jpgDue to an update to Google’s T&C’s Amazon have taken the decision start pulling their Amazon app from the play store. This does not seem to include Amazon’s Shopper app but, they  pushed a big update to its central Android app in the Google Play Store back in September.

The app update included big changes which allowed users to access their Prime Videos and other digital content purchased from Amazon, including apps and games from the Amazon Appstore.
Interesting is that Amazon for tablet app is still on the play store!

Amazon Shopper

Amazon Shopper

The interesting thing is that at the time that Amazon published this update, all of this was sort of legal, per the Google Play terms of service, which only said that you couldn’t publish an app “whose primary purpose” is to sell apps and games. This was a feature of Amazon’s app, but not the “primary purpose”, so it was technically legal. But later in September, Google changed those terms to include the following stipulation:

Amazon App

Amazon App

You may not use the Store to distribute or make available any Product which has a purpose that facilitates the distribution of software applications and games for use on Android devices outside of the Store.

The change to the Play Store terms probably isn’t just affecting Amazon though. Other similar apps are being pulled as well like, Humble Bundle app that was recently pulled from the Play Store. Though, Google is still only targeting app and game stores, and seems to be leaving media content stores alone, unlike Apple, which has removed all digital content stores from the iOS App Store. You can still download the Amazon Shopper: Amazon Shopper Source: Android Police

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Dave Thornton

Senior Editor

Senior Editor
Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini