Android device owners have some software shopping to do this weekend.
Amazon has made $100 worth of apps and games for Android devices available for free on its Appstore this weekend, and the 31 items include some very popular titles. Users who take advantage of the sale will be able to get the popular Plex video streaming app for free, along with Splashtop Remote Desktop. Gaming fans will find some favorites in the selection as well, including “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” and “The Room 2.”
The Seattle-based retailer has recently been offering steep discounts and major giveaways for a lot of apps, in a move to draw users away from the Google Play Store. Earlier this year, customers could get $40 worth of music apps, and Amazon also offered a rebate to people who bought “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas” from its store.
All of these discounts are an important way for Amazon to get existing Android users to start buying apps from its Appstore instead of the Google Play Store, which comes pre-installed on stock Android devices. Because the company uses a forked version of Android for its devices, including the upcoming Fire phone, users who already have a sizable app library on another Android platform will have to re-purchase their software if they switch to Amazon’s phone.
Sales like the one going on now allow users to pick up apps on the cheap, which should help lessen the sticker shock of making a switch.
People interested in checking out Amazon’s sale section can do so here. The full list of free apps and games is below, along with the normal price you’d typically pay.
Travel and Weather Apps
- AccuWeather Platinum ($2.99)
- Travel Interpreter ($9.99)
- MobiLearn Talking Phrasebook, English-French-German-Italian-Spanish ($9.99)
- Pho.to Lab PRO ($2.99)
Productivity and Utility Apps
- Jump Desktop ($9.99)
- Root Explorer ($3.99)
- Notepad+ ($0.99)
- 2Do: Todo List | Task List ($6.99)
- Pocket Informant 3 ($9.99)
- Business Calendar ($4.99)
- Splashtop Remote Desktop HD ($8.99)
- MyBackup Pro ($4.99)
- Acalendar+ ($3.99)
- EZ Money Manager ($9.95)
- Plex ($4.99)
Fun & Games Apps
- Enigmatis: The Ghoshs of Maple Creek ($2.99)
- League of Heroes Premium ($2.99)
- CrossMe ($4.95)
- Real Shanghai Mahjohn ($2.20)
- CLARC ($2.99)
- Pinball Deluxe Premium ($2.99)
- Wedding Dash Deluxe ($0.99)
- Sudoku 10,000 Plus ($2.49)
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2 ($2.99)
- Dungeon Village ($4.50)
- The Room Two ($4.50)
- Card Wars – Adventure Time ($3.99)
- Ravensworld: Shadowlands ($6.99)
- Loco Motors ($1.99)
- Dr. Panda’s Bus Driver ($2.99)
- PUZZINGO Puzzles (Pro Edition) ($14.99)