Amazon on Verizon

Once upon a time there was a leaked memo regarding Verizon beginning to load "a suite of Amazon apps preloaded on one dedicated home screen for all newly launched Android devices." Wit the launch of the HTC Droid DNA, we now now exactly what that entails. And the results are not nearly as scary as some had feared.

First off, the sentence in and of itself should have made things pretty clear. Apps. On one home screen. Nothing about replacing Google Play. Nothing about going solely with the Amazon Appstore. But we can't blame folks' ears from perking up a little bit. Verizon, after all, is the carrier that once swapped out Google's maps and search for Microsoft's Bing. That ended poorly.

More: Read our complete Droid DNA review

Fact of the matter here is that there's a nicely designed widget on one of the home screens that pushes to Amazon storefront, as well as apps such as Amazon MP3 and Kindle. No surprise there, and it's not like those apps had never been preloaded on any other devices before.

The really interesting thing is how it handles the suite of apps. Instead of pushing links to the Amazon Appstore, you're directed to Google Play. We're willing to put good money on that being a requirement from Google in order to pass compatibility testing -- and there's no reason why you can't install the Amazon Appstore later, if you so desire.

We've got a little video of the whole thing after the break.

 

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Amazon's suite of apps on Verizon phones isn't a bad thing

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Does it have the Amazon video app? That's the only thing that would really make me sit up and take notice. After all, all of these are available already in the Play Store, except for Amazon Video.

This would be great if you could get the amazon digital media as well like their movies and shows to work on android phones along side with Gplay, but all that works is the app store. The amazon appstore was great at the beginning of 2010 and their updates was before the android market, but they never updated their appstore and it sucks badly in comparison to Google play.

In what way is a carrier adding bloatware that is fully available in the Google Play store a good thing? I just got home with my new DNA from the store. Jesus, Verizon adds a TON of bloatware. Don't get me wrong, I love the hardware. This thing is going to be incredible when CM hits.

Not to mention all that non removable bloatware eating precious storage space is complete BS with 16 gb, so let me guess that you only have about 11 gb free after os and bloatware, if the phone had expandable storage it wouldn't be a problem for me. Verizon is probably kicking themselves for not thinking of limiting storage space first, to make people eat data more on their ripoff tiered network.

Not to mention all that non removable bloatware eating precious storage space is complete BS with 16 gb, so let me guess that you only have about 11 gb free after os and bloatware, if the phone had expandable storage it wouldn't be a problem for me. Verizon is probably kicking themselves for not thinking of limiting storage space first, to make people eat data more on their ripoff tiered network.

If amazon had an app store that was worth a crap it might be a little more fearful but let's face the facts, amazons app store sux in comparison to play in just about every way.

I'm sick of Verizon meddling with the phones. Stop force feeding us crap we don't want. If I'm buying a phone I want to control what's on my phone. At least allow us to uninstall without rooting. Its the little things like this that make me only want to buy Nexus phones. This is one aspect of Android I absolutely cannot stand. OK I'm done ranting lol. Great hardware but I'll pass.

Well said. I really like the DNA, but after having the GNex I just can't get another non-Nexus phone for the reasons you mentioned. Add that, and the fact that it's skinned, and for me it's a horrible experience. And I'm not going to root/ROM; no desire to.

I'm rocking a Lumia 920 now until I'm able to get the Nexus 4. A few added apps added from AT&T, but easily uninstalled.

Don't like it, don't buy it, simple as that. Sure you can root it, but the fact remains, you still bought the phone, which Verizon sees as tacit permission to keep on with the bloat. No one to blame but yourself.

Verizon corrupts everything it sells and may be the only decent carrier in his area. What clean device could he have bought?

I fear that this might be the second step in the advance toward war between Google & Verizon. First the battle over Google Wallet, next the inability or unwillingness of Verizon to update the Verizon GNex in a timely manner. Finally the lack of a GNex being offered on Verizon. (Although there may be entirely practical reasons for that). This nod to Amazon might be Verizon's effort to gain some leverage against Google. Given that I prefer Google's direction over Verizon this is not necessarily a good thing.

I'm on the edge of abandoning Verizon...this type of thing suggests that I might just have to in the near future.

Just let them go the way they want. Soon they'll be forking Android and they'll have to say, "No, this is not Android. This is something else that we made from Android. You'll get no more Google and a bunch of crappy apps to go with."

Of course it's a bad thing.
If you could easily remove them it wouldn't be much of a big deal, but as far as I know you can't.
It's not as bad as Verizon adding its own apps (most of which you can't even use without paying extra), but it's still bad.

Thanks for adding to the conversation. Are you buying a DNA? Do you have plans to buy one? Do you care at all about anything in this article?

Go troll somewhere else.

You're right, those are important issues. So, having said that, you should be out in the world doing your part to combat those issues instead of wasting your time here. Since, after all, this is a website that only talks about "fucking phones."

How is this not flagged editorial or minimally opinion? Any writer that expresses an opinion that a carrier profiting off adding apk's to /system, when the same apk can be voluntarily installed to /data, by the device owner via the play store, seems more a matter of opinion than fact and therefore falls into the exact definition of "editorial".

Oh well, carry on ....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Editorial