Back in 2015, Amazon unveiled a version of its Android app store called Amazon Underground, which offered users 'Actually Free' apps, games, and in-app purchases. Now the company has announced that it has decided to discontinue all support for the program from 2019 while it continues to expand the portfolio of its Amazon Appstore for Android.
Current Fire tablet customers will be able to enjoy previously installed apps from Amazon Underground and will also be able to get access to Underground Actually Free store till 2019. However, the Amazon has clarified that the Fire tablet access to the Underground store will not extended beyond the currently supported devices.
"While we will continue to expand the Amazon Appstore experience, we have decided to discontinue the Underground Actually Free programme. All support for the program will end in 2019," the company said in its announcement post.
The access to the Underground Actually Free store through Amazon's Appstore for Android will be ending in summer this year. Notably, Android customers will continue to have access to the Amazon Underground app to shop for physical goods and access Prime Video content. Additionally, they will be able to enjoy previously installed Underground Actually Free apps as well.
As of May 31, Amazon will stop accepting new app and game submissions for the Underground Actually Free programme. However, if you are an existing Amazon Underground developer, the company will continue paying you for every minute that customers spend in your app as per the developer agreement. Developers will also be able to push out updates for their apps in this program till its discontinuation in 2019.
Amazon has confirmed to Android Police that its Amazon Appstore will continue its operations normally and developers will be able to set prices for their apps or take advantage of other free programs like FreeTime Unlimited for kids.