Amazon Instant Video and Prime Instant Video finally arrive on Android phones

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Android users finally have a way to watch Amazon Prime Instant Video on their phones, though it requires a small workaround.

To stream Amazon's selection of movies and TV shows, you first need to install the main Amazon app for Android. Although the app now includes an “Amazon Instant Video” section that lets you browse the catalog, it doesn't let you watch videos straight away.

When you actually try to play a video, you'll be prompted to install a standalone Prime Instant Video app from Amazon's own app store. That means you'll have to turn on app sideloading from unknown sources, though Amazon helps guide you through the process if you don't have this setting enabled already.

Once the Prime Instant Video app is installed, you can return to the main Amazon app to watch videos. You can also purchase non-Prime movies and TV shows straight from the app and watch them on your phone.

Until now, Amazon has only supported iOS devices, Kindle Fire tablets and the Fire phone for watching videos on the go. An old workaround allowed Android users to watch videos through a web browser, but this stopped working after Google dropped support for Adobe Flash Player in Android 4.1.

Keep in mind that Amazon requires a separate app for Android tablets, but this app doesn't yet include video playback. Tablet users who want to tap into Amazon's video library will just have to wait, or buy a Kindle Fire.

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