September 1, 2015 Last Updated 1:00 pm

Updates: Amazon adds video downloading to Instant Video; Mag+ updates Reviewer app

The month of August is now history, and so tech sites will now set their sights on the upcoming Apple iPhone event to be held on the 9th. For media app developers, that means having told deal with the launch of iOS 9 and the inevitable issues a new mobile OS creates each year.

That also means making that for some developers the updates released now may be the last updates for a while, and certainly explains why there have been far fewer seen in the last few weeks.

The update for version 3.2 of the Amazon Video app will be of interest to those who like to watch movies on long flights. The update now allows users to download Prime movies and TV shows for offline viewing.

AmazonVideo-iPhoneThe app description states, however, that only “select titles” are available for download and offline viewing, so I’m not sure what the update really changes (as I also don’t use the service regularly, though I am a Prime member, and thought you could already do this). But Amazon is promoting the change as big news.

“There’s no doubt that the way people watch entertainment is changing—anytime, anywhere viewing is important and we are excited to provide our Prime members with offline viewing capabilities on iOS and Android platforms starting today,” Michael Paull, Vice President of Digital Video said in an news release today. “We are proud to be the first and only online subscription streaming service that enables offline viewing—on vacation, in a car, at the beach, on a plane, wherever our Prime members want to watch they can, regardless of internet connection.”

The new service is limited to the US, UK, Germany and Austria, and works on their apps for iPhones, iPads and Android phones and tablets. It is, of course, also limited to those with Prime memberships.

Later this year, Amazon Prime members will also be able to access to the complete Amazon digital video store while flying JetBlue without encountering the airline’s usual fee for WiFi access.

MagPlusReviewer-iconOne update of note comes the digital publishing platform Mag+, which generally releases an update to its Mag+ Reviewer app once a month.

The latest update brings the app up to version 5.7.0 and appears fairly minor. The app descriptions states only that the update adds “support for shared assets” and fixes some bugs.

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