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Excellent opportunity to build your mobile gaming library with some great titles plus their corresponding in-app purchases for free. ~RevOne

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Edited August 27, 2015 at 07:51 PM by cricket702
Went to look for the Amazon free app of the day, and found this instead:

https://smile.amazon.com/underground

From their description:

Get over $10,000 in apps, games and in-app items that are actually free. Exclusively from the new Amazon Underground app.

In Amazon Underground, you will find 100% free versions of popular titles like:

- Frozen Free Fall
- Star Wars Rebels: Missions
- OfficeSuite Professional 8
- Goat Simulator
- Angry Birds Slingshot Stella
- and many more.

Full list of 471 Apps:

http://smile.amazon.com/b/ref=rw_...1350978011

Otherwise, not finding the new program discussed anywhere.

UPDATE:

- It looks like you can purchase the free apps without having the Underground App installed.
- However, you will need the new app to install them.
- However, you may be able to remove the Underground App after install and have the games still work.
- Underground Apps are automatically available without the new app on Fire HD and Fire HDX tablets.
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Last Edited by blockhead August 26, 2015 at 05:54 PM
When a user launches an Amazon Underground app for the first time, a welcome message in the form of an interstitial ad plays. In subsequent times that a user either launches or resumes the app, paid interstitial ads will also sometimes play.
[amazon.com]


From the site, I have attached a photo of their Welcome Notice:

For those curious, if you already have one of these apps installed, getting the app from "underground" installs a 2nd version of the app. Both still work, but only the "underground" version makes the IAP free. I tried this out with fruit ninja, bought the comically overpriced ($50!!!!) starfruit cart for $0; see attached photo. A pop up comes up saying this item is free courtesy of Amazon Underground. I exited the game and launched the non underground version, IAP had prices again, but what I "bought" for free in the underground version was still available.



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This was appealing to me, until I saw the list of permissions [amazon.com]....EEK!


com.amazon.mas.client.install.KICKOFF_INSTALL_com.amazon.mShop.android
Access platform metrics
Call the single sign-on provider
com.amazon.mas.client.CONTENT_PROVIDER_READ_com.amazon.mShop.android
com.amazon.mas.client.install.RECEIVE_INSTALL_STATE_com.amazon.mShop.android
Install packages
Access customer attributes
Access coarse (e.g., Cell-ID, Wi-Fi) location
com.amazon.mas.client.authentication.permission.DEREGISTRATION_BROADCAST_PERMISSION_com.amazon.mShop.android
PowerManager WakeLocks to keep processor from sleeping or screen from dimming
Access information about Wi-Fi networks
Manage the list of accounts in the AccountManager
Allows an application to receive messages via Google Cloud Messaging
Receive broadcast intents from in-app purchasing
Access device credentials
Receive updates when Amazon app settings have changed
com.amazon.mShop.android.permission.MAPS_RECEIVE
com.amazon.mas.client.GLOBAL_BROADCAST_com.amazon.mShop.android
Read permission settings
Get notifications of permission changes
Manage regional settings
Record audio
Change Wi-Fi connectivity state
Open network sockets
Install an app update
Read account changes
Read the user's contacts data
Access the flashlight
Access the list of accounts in the Accounts Service
Act as an AccountAuthenticator for the AccountManager
com.amazon.mas.client.CONTENT_PROVIDER_READ
Write to external storage
Access fine (e.g., GPS) location
com.amazon.mas.client.malware.blockedapp.BLOCKED_APP_PROVIDER_WRITE_com.amazon.mShop.android
Allows an application to uninstall home screen shortcuts
Access information about networks
Get access to Appstore's settings
Delete packages
Allows installation of home screen shortcuts
Monitor incoming SMS messages, to record or perform processing on them
Send SMS messages
com.amazon.mas.client.install.CONTENT_PROVIDER_WRITE_com.amazon.mShop.android
Generic permissions access
Allows an application to read device settings
Access to the authentication SDK
com.amazon.mas.client.install.INSTALL_com.amazon.mShop.android
Update configuration values
Access the vibration feature
com.amazon.mShop.android.getui.permission.GetuiService
Access the Amazon video SDK
Request authtokens from the AccountManager
Required to be able to access the camera device
Read from external storage
Change account property
Read only access to device state
Communicate to Google Cloud Messenger (GCM)
Pirin 5

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#4
Free in app purchases.. interesting..
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#5
Why is there only one app which has a review. All others have none.
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This was appealing to me, until I saw the list of permissions [amazon.com]....EEK!
  • com.amazon.mas.client.install.KICKOFF_INSTALL_com.amazon.mShop.android
  • Access platform metrics
  • Call the single sign-on provider
  • com.amazon.mas.client.CONTENT_PROVIDER_READ_com.amazon.mShop.android
  • com.amazon.mas.client.install.RECEIVE_INSTALL_STATE_com.amazon.mShop.android
  • Install packages
  • Access customer attributes
  • Access coarse (e.g., Cell-ID, Wi-Fi) location
  • com.amazon.mas.client.authentication.permission.DEREGISTRATION_BROADCAST_PERMISSION_com.amazon.mShop.android
  • PowerManager WakeLocks to keep processor from sleeping or screen from dimming
  • Access information about Wi-Fi networks
  • Manage the list of accounts in the AccountManager
  • Allows an application to receive messages via Google Cloud Messaging
  • Receive broadcast intents from in-app purchasing
  • Access device credentials
  • Receive updates when Amazon app settings have changed
  • com.amazon.mShop.android.permission.MAPS_RECEIVE
  • com.amazon.mas.client.GLOBAL_BROADCAST_com.amazon.mShop.android
  • Read permission settings
  • Get notifications of permission changes
  • Manage regional settings
  • Record audio
  • Change Wi-Fi connectivity state
  • Open network sockets
  • Install an app update
  • Read account changes
  • Read the user's contacts data
  • Access the flashlight
  • Access the list of accounts in the Accounts Service
  • Act as an AccountAuthenticator for the AccountManager
  • com.amazon.mas.client.CONTENT_PROVIDER_READ
  • Write to external storage
  • Access fine (e.g., GPS) location
  • com.amazon.mas.client.malware.blockedapp.BLOCKED_APP_PROVIDER_WRITE_com.amazon.mShop.android
  • Allows an application to uninstall home screen shortcuts
  • Access information about networks
  • Get access to Appstore's settings
  • Delete packages
  • Allows installation of home screen shortcuts
  • Monitor incoming SMS messages, to record or perform processing on them
  • Send SMS messages
  • com.amazon.mas.client.install.CONTENT_PROVIDER_WRITE_com.amazon.mShop.android
  • Generic permissions access
  • Allows an application to read device settings
  • Access to the authentication SDK
  • com.amazon.mas.client.install.INSTALL_com.amazon.mShop.android
  • Update configuration values
  • Access the vibration feature
  • com.amazon.mShop.android.getui.permission.GetuiService
  • Access the Amazon video SDK
  • Request authtokens from the AccountManager
  • Required to be able to access the camera device
  • Read from external storage
  • Change account property
  • Read only access to device state
  • Communicate to Google Cloud Messenger (GCM)
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Last edited by Pirin August 26, 2015 at 06:13 AM
#7
Oddly enough...on my S4 (verizon - appstore preinstalled), Amazon took the liberty to auto install the Underground app....skeevey

My current G4 has the Amazon app disabled and thankfully did not receive this automatically

It's an interesting idea - in app purchases made free to allow the game to be a playground usually hundreds of dollars would buy, but the app's permissions and install method are very pervasive and another app? really...
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#8
It sounds interesting. Thanks for the heads up.

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#9
Interesting....I'll give this a try....
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#10
Quote from Pirin View Post :
This was appealing to me, until I saw the list of permissions [amazon.com]....EEK!
  • com.amazon.mas.client.install.KICKOFF_INSTALL_com.amazon.mShop.android
  • Access platform metrics
  • Call the single sign-on provider
  • com.amazon.mas.client.CONTENT_PROVIDER_READ_com.amazon.mShop.android
  • com.amazon.mas.client.install.RECEIVE_INSTALL_STATE_com.amazon.mShop.android
  • Install packages
  • Access customer attributes
  • Access coarse (e.g., Cell-ID, Wi-Fi) location
  • com.amazon.mas.client.authentication.permission.DEREGISTRATION_BROADCAST_PERMISSION_com.amazon.mShop.android
  • PowerManager WakeLocks to keep processor from sleeping or screen from dimming
  • Access information about Wi-Fi networks
  • Manage the list of accounts in the AccountManager
  • Allows an application to receive messages via Google Cloud Messaging
  • Receive broadcast intents from in-app purchasing
  • Access device credentials
  • Receive updates when Amazon app settings have changed
  • com.amazon.mShop.android.permission.MAPS_RECEIVE
  • com.amazon.mas.client.GLOBAL_BROADCAST_com.amazon.mShop.android
  • Read permission settings
  • Get notifications of permission changes
  • Manage regional settings
  • Record audio
  • Change Wi-Fi connectivity state
  • Open network sockets
  • Install an app update
  • Read account changes
  • Read the user's contacts data
  • Access the flashlight
  • Access the list of accounts in the Accounts Service
  • Act as an AccountAuthenticator for the AccountManager
  • com.amazon.mas.client.CONTENT_PROVIDER_READ
  • Write to external storage
  • Access fine (e.g., GPS) location
  • com.amazon.mas.client.malware.blockedapp.BLOCKED_APP_PROVIDER_WRITE_com.amazon.mShop.android
  • Allows an application to uninstall home screen shortcuts
  • Access information about networks
  • Get access to Appstore's settings
  • Delete packages
  • Allows installation of home screen shortcuts
  • Monitor incoming SMS messages, to record or perform processing on them
  • Send SMS messages
  • com.amazon.mas.client.install.CONTENT_PROVIDER_WRITE_com.amazon.mShop.android
  • Generic permissions access
  • Allows an application to read device settings
  • Access to the authentication SDK
  • com.amazon.mas.client.install.INSTALL_com.amazon.mShop.android
  • Update configuration values
  • Access the vibration feature
  • com.amazon.mShop.android.getui.permission.GetuiService
  • Access the Amazon video SDK
  • Request authtokens from the AccountManager
  • Required to be able to access the camera device
  • Read from external storage
  • Change account property
  • Read only access to device state
  • Communicate to Google Cloud Messenger (GCM)
If you had the original Amazon app most of these are not new.

When comparing with the Amazon app, and requested new permissions during install, it looks to be asking for app install/uninstall permissions and SMS for the most part.
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#11
Won't let me install any if I don't first install the underground app
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#12
I'll give it a shot - at worst its free goat simulator
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#13
What's the catch? This seems way too good to be true and there's no such thing as a free lunch.
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Quote from morpheus282 View Post :
What's the catch? This seems way too good to be true and there's no such thing as a free lunch.
Read the thread. You are trading for permissions to blah blah yadda and so on...
NSA? LMAO
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#15
Quote from morpheus282 View Post :
What's the catch? This seems way too good to be true and there's no such thing as a free lunch.
Your soul will belong to the devil underground. Evil
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