Amazon app is down on 12 Android phones, Amazon is still working on it
Amazon’s Appstore for Android isn’t as popular as the Google Play Store, but it’s a decent alternative to Google’s offering. It’s mostly used on the company’s Fire tablets that don’t ship with Play Services.
If you really care about the Amazon Appstore and have purchased multiple apps and games, make sure you don’t update your device to the latest version of Android.
The Appstore is broken on Android 12, and Amazon has yet to fix the issue despite releasing the operating system for over a month now.
Amazon Appstore is down
Several Google Pixel users reported on the Amazon forum via Liliputing that apps and games installed from the Appstore do not launch on their device after upgrading to Android 12, according to The Verge.
Samsung Galaxy S21 owners also face the same issue after installing One UI 4 update. In some cases, users get notifications of installed apps but cannot open them. The issue appears to be related to Amazon’s DRM implementation and affects both free and paid apps.
Also Read: Google Android 12 Boosts Third-Party App Installation, Pushing Users To Use Play Store For More Security
The company acknowledged the issue almost five weeks ago, saying their tech team were aware of the issue and are currently working on a resolution, but no fixes have been rolled out yet. It recently started showing the following message on the Appstore on Android 12 devices.
The error message reads: âWe are also happy with Android 12. Unfortunately, we are fixing some issues. Thank you for your patience while we get your Appstore back.
An affected user shared a temporary workaround to resolve the issue of decompiling app APKs, removing Amazon DRM references, and recompiling them with a self-signed certificate, which is way too technical and cumbersome. for the vast majority of users. users, according to Android Police.
That doesn’t paint a good picture of a company as big as Amazon, especially since Android 12 was available for beta testing several months before its public release.
So it’s no surprise that users are so frustrated with the company’s lackluster attitude towards its Appstore. Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time Amazon has been caught making underlying changes to its app marketplace, and we doubt this will be the last.
Amazon launches the Prime Video app
Amazon has released a Prime Video app for macOS which is available as a free download from the Mac App Store. Prime Video for Mac supports offline downloads and you can choose your preferred video quality for both streaming and regular downloads.
At the best setting, Amazon estimates around 5.8 GB of data consumption per hour when streaming. The figure is slightly lower for downloads, with Amazon citing 2.9 GB per hour of video downloaded, according to GSMArena.
When you first open Prime Video for Mac, the app asks if you want to receive notifications for content recommendations and other alerts. But from there it’s pretty much the same experience as on other platforms.
Oddly enough, the Prime Video app itself cannot be viewed in full screen, but that changes as soon as you start playing a movie or TV show. Amazon supports native macOS features like picture-in-picture and AirPlay, and it’s also built into its own extra like X-Ray with cast and behind-the-scenes information.
Although it is new, Android 12 is already packed with features. Earlier this year, these features were updated.
Android 12 has also updated its privacy settings for better security and safety.
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