After 2 months of teasing, Spotify is now officially available on the Amazon Fire TV. The app, released moments ago, is more of a Spotify receiver then a full fledged app. It relies on a smartphone or tablet to serve as a remote to control the Fire TV app. By itself, the Fire TV app is unusable. Using a smartphone or tablet, you select the song or playlist you wish to play and change the source to be the Fire TV. Spotify’s premium subscription service is required for the Fire TV app to function. Once a song is playing on the Fire TV Spotify app, the album art is displayed along with a trackbar showing the current position of the playing song. Using the Fire TV remote, you can pause/play the music, or skip to the next or previous song in the current playlist.
Dog Puzzle, a simple puzzle game for young children, has just gone Free. The game was released a few days ago for $0.99. It includes 15 different puzzles with the ability to unlock 15 more with an in-app purchase, and works with both the Fire TV voice remote and game controller.
In a world full of great free-to-play games and $0.99 apps, many will scoff at the arrival of a new $4.99 game. I, however, get most excited when new apps shoot-for-the-stars and try to become deserving members of the elite $4.99+ club. The just released game, Leo’s Fortune, is definitely one of those deserving members.
Leo’s Fortune was released to the Google Play Store and Apple App Store 2 months ago and holds a rating of 4.7 and 5.0 out of 5 stars in each store respectively. The Apple Design Award winning game features 24 platforming levels to beat. While the levels themselves are not terribly difficult to pass, the real challenge comes from trying to collect all 3 stars from each level: one for clearing it in a record time, another if you don’t lose a life, and a third for collecting every piece of gold.
I have no doubt Leo’s Fortune will quickly become one of the highest rated apps on the Fire TV. It’s wonderful to see a high caliber game such as this come to the Fire TV.
Deus Ex: The Fall, a visually stunning FPS game, has just gone on sale for $3.49. That’s 50% off it regular price of $6.99. The price may not be as good as a month ago when it dropped to the unbelievable price of $0.99, but it’s still a great price for a great game.
Last week, Amazon announced the availability of the Fire TV in Germany and the UK. They began accepting pre-orders immediately and offered a great promotion that cut the Fire TV price in half for German residents. It looks like they greatly underestimated demand for the Fire TV in Germany because Amazon has sold out of its first batch of units and is now listing a ship date of January 1st 2015.
Every Sunday we bring you the list of new apps and games released in the previous week for the Amazon Fire TV. With the announcement of the Fire TV coming to the UK and Germany, this has been a huge week in terms of new app releases. There were 26 new apps and games released but, unfortunately, many are geographically restricted to the UK and German residents. Read more ›
Weather Friend, a clean and simple weather app for the Fire TV, is currently FREE. The app is normally $1.99, but dropped to $0.99 yesterday and is now Free. If you missed picking this app up for when it was free last month, here’s your second chance.
PBS and PBS Kids apps have just been released for the Fire TV. These apps have been featured on the Fire TV’s “coming soon” list for quite a while. Both apps feature a slew of great video content completely for free. Once installed, both apps need to be activated, but unlike other apps which need activation, a cable subscription is not required to activate these apps. All you need is a free PBS.org account. The PBS Video app features full length episodes of Sherlock, Downton Abbey, Endeavour, Breathless, and many more popular TV shows.
Acorn Assault, a turn-based game with match-3 combat system, has just gone on sale for $1.25. This is the first time this game has dropped below its regular price of $4.99 since its release last month. Acorn Assault was specifically designed for the Fire TV and is not a port of a mobile app. This is a great deal, especial considering the game has no ads or in-app purchases. You’re getting the full experience.