Get a Free Android App Bundle Worth $100

Amazon Appstore giveaway

It’s true what they say: The best things in life are free. Hugs, hikes, laughter, apps…

Wait, apps? Hang on, let me amend that axiom a bit: The best things in life are free for a limited time.

Like this: Amazon is offering a free Android app bundle worth $100, but only until tomorrow. Does life get any better than that? (Uh, heck no!)

Just to clarify, the giveaway ends tomorrow, but the apps are yours to keep forever.

And just to clarify further, this isn’t a bunch of shovelware junk. There are some decidedly premium apps in this collection, and you can pick and choose the ones you want. I won’t list them all here, but I will tell you which ones I wholeheartedly recommend–and then tell you how to get them even if you don’t own a Kindle tablet.

  • Carcassonne The app version of the popular boardgame, and a must-have for strategy fans.
  • Essential Anatomy 3 Even if you’re not a med student, check out this dazzling interactive 3D model of the human body. It normally sells for $24(!).
  • Instapaper Don’t have time to read it now? Read it later with this sweep app, which turns Web pages into perfectly formatted mobile pages you can view offline.
  • Kayak Pro Planning a trip? Kayak Pro makes easy work of finding and booking flights, cars, and hotels, at the same time managing all your reservations.
  • Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing A console classic that’s great for kids. Sonic! ‘Nuff said.
  • WiFi File Explorer Pro No cable to connect your phone/tablet to your PC? No problem. This handy utility links the two over Wi-Fi for fast and easy file management.

Again, those are just some of my top picks. If there’s anything else that looks even remotely interesting, grab it! You can always delete it later.

Don’t own a Kindle Fire tablet? That’s okay. Although Amazon’s Appstore appears to indicate otherwise, you can get these freebies on just about any Android-powered smartphone or tablet. It just takes a little tweaking.

First, you’ll need to venture into your device’s security settings and allow the installation of apps from “unknown sources.” (The source in this case being Amazon, so you can rest assured it’s safe.) Then, open your mobile browser and head to Download the Amazon Appstore app (which arrives on your device as an APK file), then install it.

Now just run that app and sign into your Amazon account!

If you want more precise instructions, here’s a tutorial I wrote last month following a similar Amazon giveaway. (Psst. This one is even better.)

The clock is ticking, so hurry up and grab the apps you want. Then hit the comments and let me know which ones you got!

Veteran technology writer Rick Broida is the author of numerous books, blogs, and features. He lends his money-saving expertise to CNET and, and also writes for PC World and Wired.


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