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Amazon Makes Prime Video Available to Android Phones

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Sep 9, 2014, 11:26 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Amazon today made Amazon Instant Video, a service available to its Prime customers, available to Android phones for the first time. The service lets people stream movies and television shows to their handset. Before today, Amazon Instant Video was reserved for Amazon's own tablets and Apple's iOS devices. In order to install Amazon Instant Video, Android phone owners need to update the main Amazon shopping app. Only then can you use the in-app tools to download and install Amazon Instant Video, which is a plug-in that operates inside the Amazon shopping app. Amazon Instant Video is not available from the Google Play Store. Users also need to allow app installs from "unknown sources" in order to get Amazon Instant Video up and running. Checking this setting is often viewed as a security risk. Amazon Prime membership costs $100 per year, and includes streaming music and video services, as well as reduced shipping costs and cloud-based storage. Amazon Instant Video is still not available to Android tablets.

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Sep 9, 2014, 12:35 PM

Installing from unknown sources...

Turning this option on is somewhat of a security risk in that it allows you to install stuff not vetted by Google's lame standards.

However, you can turn it off again after you install the one non-PlayStore app you need to install.
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