Sunday, March 27, 2011

Amazon Appstore Allows You to Try Apps on Virtual Machine

If you have access to a device that uses apps, you're probably like me.  By that I mean you've probably got a few apps that you purchased that either didn't do what you thought, or didn't work at all.  That's frustrating to say the least.

 

So... kudos to Amazon for coming up with a way for buyers to actually run an app before making a purchase.  The site allows you to run the app on a "virtual machine" which is basically a piece of software that looks like an Android device and lets you see what the app looks like and what it does before you buy.  Cool huh?

 

Here's the explanation from Amazon:

Clicking the "Test drive now" button launches a copy of this app on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), a web service that provides on-demand compute capacity in the cloud for developers. When you click on the simulated phone using your mouse, we send those inputs over the Internet to the app running on Amazon EC2 - just like your mobile device would send a finger tap to the app. Our servers then send the video and audio output from the app back to your computer. All this happens in real time, allowing you to explore the features of the app as if it were running on your mobile device.

Now go take a look!

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