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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,…

Beta·Maniac - For the Impatient one!

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I got Whatsapp's new dark mode at least 2 weeks before the official release, The popular email app (calling itself the 'Inbox by Gmail' alternative), Spark Email app introduced more dense mails and folder management which again I got 3 weeks before the official release, Even got Uber's new horizontal interface pretty much before it was officially announced and so on...

The list can go on, but here is the point I am trying to put - I am Impatient, if something new (features / overhaul, etc) is announced considering the apps or even the software, I want to try it as fast as possible. So much impatient that I even opted for the beta testing versions for my Oneplus 3T's then upcoming software updates to OxygenOS 4-5 months before the official releases. I am not alone, there are a whole lot of people who have this FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) for apps / softwares. Beta Testing - How it works? So in Android, you open Google Play, search for any app and open it, scroll down …

IFTTT - For the Smart Person!

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Ever wanted to get out of a boring meeting in between? Wanted that music video you saw to be added to your Spotify playlist? Ever wanted to text a person when you reach somewhere? Or your mobile WiFi to get turned on automatically when you reach home?

IFTTT is your go to app, apart from the above it can do loads and loads of other things for you, if you want them to be done.
The mankind is anyway lockdown'ed, this app can be good a tinkering tool for everyone to explore - how they can be more productive!
Some Briefing IFTTT has been there in the market since 2014 now with a rating of 4.5 and 4.7 on Google Play and the App Store respectively with 5m+ installs, but still there are loads and loads of people out there who do not know whether such an app exists to ease their everyday lives! - That's why people like me exist. Functionality If at all anyone is following me on both Instagram and Twitter (If not then please click those links and do the needful rather than regretting later…