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Google play: Lets get Amazon's attention.


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Initial post: Dec 27, 2013 9:42:36 AM PST
I have come to love the freedom of android, and when I got the kindle I was quite disappointed to learn that the Google app store was not accessible. If your like me and have spent any money on the play store, than guess what, IF you can find the app on the kindle shop you have to buy that app again.

So please if your like me and feel that the kindle needs Google play, email amazon and kindly tell them. They are a costumer focused businesses, and if they see enough of us asking, they will act.

kindle-feedback@amazon.com

Here is the response I got from them:
"understand you are unable to access Google play store on Kindle so you are unable to access the apps you purchase there. I am sorry for the inconvenience caused to you. This is definitely not what we want our customer to experience.

We'll consider your feedback as we plan further improvements. Customer feedback like yours is always important to us.

I'll be sure to pass your message along to the appropriate department as we continue to improve the Kindle experience for our customers."

Let's rally behind this and get the play store on kindle! But if they don't hear from us they won't know, email them!

Jeremy

Posted on Dec 27, 2013 9:47:16 AM PST
I don't want it, and good luck ever getting it.

Posted on Dec 27, 2013 9:51:47 AM PST
scoutyjones says:
Lets not and say we did...

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2013 9:54:39 AM PST
That's a canned email, there, Jers. Not gonna happen.

Posted on Dec 27, 2013 9:55:50 AM PST
Under what business plan is it a good idea to make it easier for your customers to buy from a competitor?

Posted on Dec 27, 2013 9:57:14 AM PST
Mike Smith says:
Their business model relies on excluding the Google Play store, so it isn't ever going to happen.

HOWEVER, most GP apps can be sideloaded. And there are people right now who are working on getting full Google Play store functionality on HDX tablets. I won't put a link up to their forums, but if you want to find out more, just do a search for XDA developers kindle HDX.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2013 9:58:47 AM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
The next time instead of being disappointed in a device because it doesn't have what you want how about doing a little research?? I research everything before I buy and so far have never been disappointed. I always know what is available and what isn't.

Posted on Dec 27, 2013 10:43:44 AM PST
Bixillarla says:
If you need Google Play then return your Kindle and purchase a Google Nexus.

Amazon has their own app store, I would not hold your breath for them to add Google Play. It is not going to happen.

Posted on Dec 27, 2013 7:18:15 PM PST
BJWright says:
Amazon sells their Kindles practically at cost and depend on you buying content to make their profit. Why would they undermine that with Google.

Posted on Dec 27, 2013 7:22:57 PM PST
I have a few things I got from google play..... but not imperative for me to use on my kindle. I bought my kindle knowing that I can't get anything from google play. I am good with the amazon app store.

You can return your kindle and get a nook or a device that will allow you to use Google play.

Posted on Dec 27, 2013 8:06:18 PM PST
Google keeps 30% of everything sold in the Play store. Amazon keeps 30% of everything sold in the Amazon App store. If Amazon allowed Google Play access, it would be like handing free money to Google.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2013 9:03:30 PM PST
DKMI says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2013 9:16:34 PM PST
Yes, I understand. Amazon has a development portals where developers can test and submit games. There should be no technical reason why a game on Android won't play on the Fire if it was developed properly.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2013 9:20:50 PM PST
Perhaps you should tell the app's developers. They are the ones who need to submit so that it can be included in the Appstore.

I don't even use Google Play on the Android devices that have it. I use the Amazon Appstore. I think I have three apps from Google Play.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2013 9:42:44 PM PST
King Al says:
Howis that Amazon's fault? that is the developer's fault.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2013 10:00:05 PM PST
DKMI says:
I'm not sure how it's Amazon's fault, King Al. However, are the developers of Candy Crush Saga allergic to money? They must be if they're not making their app available in the Amazon store when the Kindle line is the top selling line of Android tablets in the country. I remember reading that Kindle's share of the Android tablet market was nearly 40%. There has to be some reason why someone would ignore 40% of the Android market when making an app available in a market is rather simple.

Posted on Dec 27, 2013 10:05:36 PM PST
Artist says:
Not all app developers are good business men/women, especially if they've been raking in more money than they're used to making.

Posted on Dec 27, 2013 10:53:34 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 27, 2013 11:41:04 PM PST
Jacqueline says:
Regarding business decisions, who is to say? Goggle allows Amazon's Appstore on their devices and I have saved probably $100 loading the ones I had at Amazon onto a Nexus. Google also offers free cloud storage for up to 20,000 songs, whereas Amazon charges yearly. I doubt that is a money losing proposition for Google and it pays off in the long run.

If Amazon chooses to continue to limit their app offerings (and if you haven't browsed the google play app store you really can't imagine the difference; Google play has over 600,000 apps - http://www.tabletpcreview.com/default.asp?newsID=3438&news=amazon+app+store+instant+video+kindle+fire+google+play+nexus+7)
and ability to play well with others, eventually they will be obsolete except to a handful of dedicated "loyal" customers.

They will always have me simply because I like the Fire as a reader better and am indoctrinated into their eco(nomic) system. People with Amazon tablets spend something like $900* more a year than those without - regardless of what they are purchasing.

But for apps interface and innovation, Google's way out in the lead.

eta *see link in later post - $433 is correct amount.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2013 11:14:12 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 27, 2013 11:15:50 PM PST
What are those people spending $900 a year on? I have spent a total of $4.00 in the Amazon App store. ETA: In the nearly 2 years I have had fires. That covers the 4 fires that I own. (kids and my own)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2013 11:20:51 PM PST
CBRetriever says:
that statistic includes books, videos and music

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2013 11:28:48 PM PST
Wow. Amazon must feel ripped off with me. I don't buy music, video or apps. I do buy books but use the library for most of the pricier books, I did gift about $300 worth of books to Amazon thread posters last year tho.

I don't think the books that I buy are less expensive at google play tho. I guess I would have to do a side by side comparison to see.

Question: So that statistic is that Amazon device customers spend $900 a year MORE than what customers of Google play?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2013 11:32:00 PM PST
Jacqueline says:
I'd read it a few weeks ago and found it interesting....here's the link but there are several articles about it. It is actually $433; I think I was remembering the $790 figure -

http://www.geekwire.com/2013/kindle-owners-spend-55-amazon-study/

"Owners of Kindle e-readers and tablets in the U.S. spend an average of $1,233/year, about 55 percent more than the average of $790/year spent by Amazon customers who don't own Kindle devices, according to the results of the research firm's survey. The increased spending results primarily from a higher frequency of purchases."

From what I remember of what I read it is spending across all categories - having an Amazon tablet makes you a "better" Amazon customer.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2013 11:34:40 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 27, 2013 11:34:58 PM PST
CBRetriever says:
no, better than non kindle Amazon users

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2013 11:39:39 PM PST
Jacqueline says:
Thanks - I just did a quick search; I cannot find a direct app to app comparrison - a lot of places say stuff like this:

"Amazon.com is notoriously secretive about the number of Kindle tablets and e-readers it sells,...." - from that same article I just quoted.

Also I just found out I can easily put Amazon books into collections on my Nexus which I cannot do on my Fire. I find it fascinating how the two systems compare and which will win out?

I will say though that absolutely anything I want to buy - I find it on the internet and then come to Amazon to compare and read reviews and 95% of the time I buy from Amazon. But then Google doesn't sell bicycle seats or whatever. So it's not so easy to compare customer loyalty.
Like apples to oranges unless you are talking just digital.

I did find it amazing that Google will let me have 20,000 songs for FREE in the cloud with two downloads to any device. Well, except a Kindle. That makes me feel pretty happy with Google. I hate losing music.

I read some articles that say Google is trying to play straight with their data, some that hate them/it and some that don't realize that Amazon knows all the same stuff, they just keep it for themselves.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2013 11:40:27 PM PST
King Al says:
Amazon is way ahead of Google in other areas, including videos and ebooks, which have features Google does not offer (e.g. X-ray.) Given relative sales figures for tablets, It appears that most Fire wonders do not think that access to Google Play is that important. The Fire will not be obsolete anytime soon.
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