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[Opinion] The Amazon app - Why does this thing even exist?

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These kinds of articles require disclaimers, so continuing this trend, I totally respect and admire Amazon as a company [and all its services ;)]. I even have an Echo Dot! (3rd Gen) and regularly order stuff through Amazon.in. It is just that I really, really cannot ignore that fact (refer the title) and I wish people become aware about it!
Let me start with screenshots...

Just in case y'all are wondering...the first 2 screenshots are of the app while the next 2 are of the mobile website.
Apart from the gradient, I can't see any difference really there. Getting the point? Amazon has, in my opinion, technically done no value-add as such by creating this app in the first place (apart from whopping app install numbers)
As per App Store (Left), As per Google Play (Right) Btw...this app just has an average rating of  just 3.2/5 on the App store!
I mean seriously, at-least here in India, in the app I can only see 2 visible additional changes in the app over their web…

Quick Settings - Making them more useful!

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13 May 2020 was when I last published an app review, been a long time for me! Was busy in my studies and making some Instagram posts (check them out here)
Let's get started with the problem, or the solution I would say! Using Quick Settings has become a way of life (this is in fact an under-statement!)
(one of those factors which we often fail to appreciate!)
Listening to users back then, Google finally added the ability to edit those quick setting tiles and even made them open-sourced in Android 7.0! Meaning apart from adding, deleting and rearranging the default ones present, developers were free to add their own custom ones further leading to more user conveniences! Well developers did it in various ways, example...a tile for a new tweet or a new SMS (co-incidentally, the apps in those hyperlinks are of the same developer) and some even thought of having fun with it.
What's up with Quick Settings - The App, then? To summarize it before-hand,…