Running Amazon Instant Video on Android tablets
In September, Amazon finally released an official Instant Video app for Android. Unfortunately, this app is not downloadable on tablets via their app store – only phones. Yet, Amazon Instant video has been supported for years on Amazon's own "Fire" Android-based tablets. It really bums me out that Amazon Instant Video continues to snub their competitors' products, but if you're like me and have a lot of purchases locked up in their store, there is a way:
apt-get install android-tools-adb) to transfer both apps from my Nexus 4 to my Nexus 7:
First, Enable USB debugging on both devices.
On the phone:
Find the app ids:
$ adb shell pm list packages | grep amazon package:com.amazon.avod.thirdpartyclient package:com.amazon.kindle package:com.amazon.mShop.android
Locate the relevant APK files (your paths may vary):
$ adb shell pm path com.amazon.mShop.android package:/data/app/com.amazon.mShop.android-1/base.apk $ adb shell pm path com.amazon.avod.thirdpartyclient package:/data/app/com.amazon.avod.thirdpartyclient-1/base.apk
Fetch the APKs (using the paths we got):
$ adb pull /data/app/com.amazon.mShop.android-1/base.apk mshop.apk 5364 KB/s (29897881 bytes in 5.442s) $ adb pull /data/app/com.amazon.avod.thirdpartyclient-1/base.apk avod.apk 3134 KB/s (1960268 bytes in 0.610s)
On the tablet:
$ adb install mshop.apk 5139 KB/s (29897881 bytes in 5.681s) pkg: /data/local/tmp/mshop.apk Success $ adb install avod.apk 3166 KB/s (1960268 bytes in 0.604s) pkg: /data/local/tmp/avod.apk Success
Now you should be able to launch Amazon Instant Video on your tablet, watch some Star Trek TNG, and dream of a world where tech companies don't play silly games about which kind of PADD you use.