Amazon Prime Instant Video is now available on Android devices.
If that seems like a news story from a year ago, that is because Amazon has been notoriously sluggish on its compatibility with other devices outside of its own Fire services. While the Fire TV box is an impressive piece of kit, with a voice search that actually works and solid gaming offerings, the online retailer’s SVOD service it is designed to support has only been available on a limited range of third party platforms.
Amazon Prime is one of the few VOD apps absent from Roku’s comprehensive streaming media devices, while its availability on Android devices has been limited to Fire tablets and phones (Amazon’s custom OS is based on Android) and, more recently, Android phones.
As Android Police puts it: “Amazon doesn’t seem to particularly want Android users to enjoy its video streaming service.”
Now, though, the site has spotted that the latest Amazon Prime update has made the app available on all Android tablets. Users will still be required, though, to download the app through the Amazon AppStore (instead of Google Play) and sign in to the Amazon site in a web browser before watching a video.