Hey Amazon, please bring your video service to Android too

Hey Amazon, please bring your video service to Android too

Summary: Amazon rolled out their slick Cloud Drive solution for Android devices today and I think it is time that they provided support for video content as well.

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It was great to see Amazon launch their Cloud Drive solution that now gives Android users a great service to encourage Amazon MP3 usage. I now want to see Amazon roll out support for Amazon Video On Demand for Android devices since this is one area where Android lags way behind the iOS platform.

If you look at the available mobile devices that you can use to enjoy Amazon Instant Video content you will think you were back in the early 2000s with lame portable media players. You can actually enjoy Amazon Video On Demand content on Nokia devices like the Nokia N8, but no one ever advertises this capability (another Nokia US failure).

I want to see Amazon partner with Google to bring this capability to the Android platform so that Android owners (both tablet and smartphone) can finally have a resource for easily renting and purchasing movies to watch on the go. One of the main things I do before traveling is load up rental movies on my iPad since $3.99 or $4.99 per movie is about a third of the cost of watching them in a hotel room. At this time, Samsung has their Media Hub service with much more limited content than Amazon and it seems that an Amazon Android partnership makes perfect sense for videos just like they have for music, don't you agree?

UPDATE: Readers kindly reminded me that the latest Android devices support Flash in the browser so you can stream Amazon Instant Video to your Android device. I tried this on my HTC ThunderBolt and it works fine. I imagine it will be even better when I leave Alaska and get back into a LTE area. However, you do need a solid wireless data connection so there is still a need for a mobile app where you could download movies to watch on the plane or in other areas where you have no connection.

Topics: Broadband, Amazon, Apple, Hardware, Mobility, Networking, Operating Systems, Telcos

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  • RE: Hey Amazon, please bring your video service to Android too

    I totally agree. And now if they can allow us to remove Android Market and other Google Services from Android, that would be awesome, that way people can decide between Google and Amazon Services
    Ram U
    • RE: Hey Amazon, please bring your video service to Android too

      @Rama.NET Why do you need to remove a source? Just use the one you choose.
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  • RE: Hey Amazon, please bring your video service to Android too

    Yes, please. We need competition for iTunes. Apple will take over the world at this pace. Amazon needs to slow them down.
    mstrsfty
  • RE: Hey Amazon, please bring your video service to Android too

    Huh, this works fine with my XOOM through the browser.

    Maybe if Zdnet actually used the tablet instead of downing it they would know this.
    slickjim
  • Amazing still no video purchase on Android.

    It there no legitimate way to purchase music, films and TV shows on Android tablets? This puts them at a considerable disadvantage compared to iPad as a media consumption device.
    The Star King
    • RE: Hey Amazon, please bring your video service to Android too

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  • RE: Hey Amazon, please bring your video service to Android too

    Amazon Instant Video does work in the browser on Android but it would be even better if there was an Amazon app for this, like they have for shopping and music media.
    kb5ynf
    • RE: Hey Amazon, please bring your video service to Android too

      @kb5ynf, does it work well for you? I'm getting all kinds of connection errors, and I'm on a T-Bolt w/ a screamin' fast connection. Agreed, an app would be far better. Betting they'll roll one out pretty quickly.
      wmav04
      • RE: Hey Amazon, please bring your video service to Android too

        @wmav04 It works great on my XOOM but I use it through wifi as I have a tiered Data Plan and it works great... I think I will test this on my Thunderbolt as well.
        slickjim
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  • Re: Amazon lack of support for video download for android

    To me, it seems probable that Amazon is trying to influence people to buy Kindle Fire by withholding support for Android. The Unbox app used to let me download to my smartphone, and they have actually disabled that capability. I have stopped purchasing movies from Amazon until they correct this misguided strategy.
    ddunckel