Now that Amazon has shut down the Amazon Underground appstore that offered “actually free” apps, they’ve released its replacement in the form of a new Amazon Appstore app for Android devices. The new app is redesigned from the ground up with a more visually driven interface that is cleaner and simpler.
New navigation tabs across the bottom of the app allow you to easily jump into the various sections of the app. The Categories tab is nearly identical to the categories you’d find on a Fire TV or Fire Tablet when browsing for new apps. The My Apps tab gives you an easy place to see and install any pending app updates.
Love them or hate them, Amazon Coins are prominently featured in their own tab where you can check your balance, find apps that offer free coins, and, of course, buy coins. Despite having the annoyance of being another digital currency you need to manage, Amazon Coins do offer a steep discount on app and in-app purchases that other appstores, like Google Play and the Apple App Store, simply don’t offer.
If an app you’re going to spend money on is available in both the Google Play Store and the Amazon Appstore, you’re better off buying it through Amazon using Amazon Coins because of the coin discount. The more Amazon Coins you buy at once, the more you save. Current discounts range from 1% off of 300 coins to 25% off of 50,000 coins, and everything in between.