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Amazon Opens Up Amazon Coins To Anyone On Android

February 19, 2014 - Written By Justin Diaz

So what exactly are Amazon Coins? Well, it’s Amazon’s own virtual currency system used to purchase things like apps and games on their line of Amazon Kindle Fire devices, which run a forked version of Android. Only, they aren’t limited to use on just Kindle Fires anymore. Amazon has just announced that they’re extending the use of Amazon Coins to all users on Android, whether you’re using a Kindle Fire or not. That’s great news for anyone who likes to use the Amazon App store or had a general interest in Amazon Coins to begin with. This introduction of an Amazon App Store specific currency was a way to help developers make money off their submissions of apps, and now that it has been made widely available to any Android device owner, devs should start to see even more monetization than they might have since the Coins arrived last year for Amazon’s Android tablets.

There is at least one thing required to use Amazon Coins if you’re interested in doing so. You’ll have to be on the latest version of the Amazon App store to take advantage of the Amazon Coin usage. Once your app is all updated, any balance of Amazon Coins that you may already have can be used to purchase apps, games, etc., as well as pay for in-app purchases, all from the Amazon App Store. This is similar to the way you might make payments for apps, games, books, and IAP from the Play Store with your Play Store credits, just for Amazon instead. The Amazon Coins are available for use to anyone who has an Android device inside the U.S., U.K., and Germany, so if you reside in any one of those three countries you can get started using these right away after you update the app.

The newest version of the app is already live of course and you can get it by hitting the link to jump to Amazon’s website. If you happen to be a Kindle Fire Owner, you may have already used Amazon Coins before, and if not, owning one of the Kindle Fire Tablets gets you $5 free in Amazon Coins, which you can send to your Android device if you so choose. is anyone planning on using these?