[Amazon VOD] Is it finally here on Android TV?

 

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A few days ago, the Amazon Instant Video for Android TV app was updated on Sony Android TVs. A kind soul, Francois Roy, was nice enough to upload the APK to APKMirror.com . Nothing groundbreaking here as this is now common practice with new APKs. However, it was quickly discovered that this APK could be installed onto other non-Sony Android TVs and will function perfectly, even showing up natively in the home launcher. I have been enjoying Prime content all morning!

Sorry for potato quality, The Amazon app does not allow screenshots taken in app.
Sorry for potato quality, The Amazon app does not allow screenshots taken in app.

Now, it is not quite clear what this means just yet. This has happened in the past seemingly by accident, and within a few days Amazon killed the access to content from non-Sony Android TVs. However, there have been recent rumors that the Amazon Instant Video for Android TV app could be making its way to Shield TVs. Could this finally be the beginning of the end of Amazon stonewalling Android TV? Or was this just a mistake that will be quickly corrected in the near future? I am hoping for the former, though, when I signed in on my Shield TV (also confirmed working on the Nexus Player, though YMMV- Razer confirmed not working) it did give me confirmation that my Sony TV was now activated. Also, some of the navigation seems to be tailored to a Sony Android TV remote. This makes me lean towards the latter. We shall soon find out.

Brian Stein

Brian Stein is a Science Teacher with a love of technology. When he is not molding young minds, he is looking out for the latest and greatest gadgets. Devices: Moto X, G Watch, Nexus 7, Chromebook, Custom Plex Server

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