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After too many months of waiting, Amazon is finally letting Android users enjoy its Prime Instant Video service via a dedicated app.

The app is available now from the Amazon Appstore, but it’s restricted to users in the US. Installing it appears to enable the Instant Video streaming inside the main Amazon app for Android, which you can get from the Play Store.

The Amazon app itself received an update to version 5, including a change name, and now lets you browse Amazon’s entire catalog of digital and physical products and services, including apps from Amazon’s Appstore.

According to the changelog of the Amazon app listing, listed with a September 9 release date, the update also brings US customers 5GB of free photo back-up with Amazon Cloud Drive.

If you’ve signed up for Amazon’s Prime suite for $99 a year (you get a free year when you buy the Amazon Fire phone, by the way), you can now watch thousands of movies and TV series, including HBO’s hits The Sopranos, The Wire, Deadwood, True Blood and Boardwalk Empire, without any extra cost.

It’s been long in the making, but it’s good that Amazon is finally beginning to cater to the billion plus people who use Android, even if it’s limited to US for now. Now all it needs is Chromecast support. What do you say, Jeff?

To get started, you need to do two things – update your Amazon app from the Play Store and install the Prime Instant Video app from the Amazon Appstore.

Thanks for the tip, Tony!

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