Amazon has officially removed its Windows Phone app from the Windows Store. The good news is that if you already have it, the app will continue to work.
The firm pulled its app last week without warning, but Windows United was able to get a word with the online retailer.
Here's what Amazon had to say (translated from German):
1. Why is the available Amazon Shopping app no longer in the Windows Store?
... The Shopping app is not available for Windows Phone available for download. We recommend customers visit Amazon.de via theirmobile browser, where they have access to all the shopping features.
2. Why can Windows Phone users not download the Amazon Shopping App?
It is our first priority to offer our customers the best possible shopping experience, so our shopping app is no longer available for Windows Phone. We recommend customers visit Amazon.de via their mobile browser, where they have access to all the shopping features.
3. Is a new Amazon App for Windows 10 in development?
Sorry, we have no information about our product planning.
4. Does this change have any effect on Windows Phone users who have already downloaded the app?
No, currently there is no impact.
Indeed, the Amazon app for Windows Phone was not the best app out there. Obviously, Amazon decided that it was a better idea to pull the app than have a poor app available, and that it wasn't worth it to update it.
Also, it wouldn't be incredibly surprising if Amazon did make a Universal App, as the firm already has one for its Audible audiobook service, although it's still lacking one for Kindle.
In case you were worried, the Amazon app for Windows 8 is still available to Windows 8 and 10 PC users.
Users of Windows phones are all too familiar with this kind of bad news. At the end of this month, PayPal will be killing off its app for Windows phones. Of course, the Universal Windows Platform has offered a new solution for developers, offering them a broader range of devices to target. In fact, Bank of America just returned to the Windows Store today.