Amazon Prime Instant Video finally starts working with Android tablets
Fancy yourself the compulsive online shopper? Amazon Prime has made it even easier for millions of us to fulfill our retail urges from the comfort of our computer screens, all with the temptation of free two-day shipping. And while that may have been the initial big draw of Prime, the service has matured since its launch to offer features like access to the Kindle Lending Library and Amazon Instant Video. But while competing streaming video providers like Netflix have been quick to embrace mobile devices, Amazon Prime’s Instant Video has been a little more lackadaisical. Android support didn’t land for phones until late last summer, and that didn’t even extend to tablets. This week Amazon’s finally addressing that oversight, bringing Android tablets into the Instant Video mix.
You’ll first need to install the Amazon Appstore on your tablet to get this whole process started, and from there you can retrieve the stand-alone Prime Instant Video app. Then again, if you’re invested in Amazon’s ecosystem you may already have the Appstore loaded on your device, so this is hardly an overly onerous requirement.
It’s still a little confounding how it took Amazon this very long to get Prime Instant Video working for tablets, but we’re just happy to see it arrive. Anybody up for a little tablet binge-watching this weekend?