For quite a while now, Amazon has been touting their Prime Instant Video as one more excellent reason to sign up to Amazon Prime, adding to the already tempting next-day delivery. However, that instant video side of the subscription has been unavailable to Android users, unless you’re using a Kindle Fire device but that’s a different debate for another time, but finally, Amazon Prime Instant Video is finally available on Android thanks to the latest update.
As Android Police have noted, it’s not just the introduction of Prime Instant Video that’s new here, with Amazon unifying all of their digital catalog into the main Amazon app. Version 5.0 of the Amazon Android app now allows users on Android to get access to the Amazon App Store and they’re even giving away 5GB of free Cloud Drive for storing your photos. Overall, it’s a very nice update and one that really should have been here a long time ago. Compatability however, appears to be a little selected, with it working on most phones, but a lot of tablets seem to be out of luck.
You’ll need to download another app to get access to Prime Video however, which is now available through the new Amazon update or from this store listing. It appears that Amazon doesn’t want their Instant Video app in the Play Store for whatever reason and their own terminology from their update reads: “Prime members in the US can enjoy unlimited Prime Instant Video from within the Amazon app by downloading the Prime Instant Video player, delivered exclusively via the Amazon Appstore”. It’s all a little more complicate than it needs to be, but it’s taken them this long to offer a key component of their Prime subscription I guess we should be thankful it’s even here at all. Let us know if your device is compatible in the comments below and well, happy viewing!