Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Amazon Launches AppStore for Android

The Amazon AppStore can be accessed here.

Despite all the suing Apple is doing to Amazon regarding the use of the name "App Store", Amazon has launched a new AppStore for Android smartphones/tablets! Amazon released this new AppStore in hopes it will gain as much popularity as the Android Market and the iTunes App Store.

The new AppStore on Amazon allows you to browse its apps on your computer, on your mobile device's browser, or though an app for Android phones. Currently the store features around 3,000 apps compared to the Android Market which has around 200,000 apps, and the iTunes app store which has around 350,000 apps. 

Although 3,000 apps isn't a whole lot, it will definitely gain some popularity with it's "test drive" feature which allows you to try the application in a computer emulator before making the final purchase. I understand that application developers have made trial versions of applications where you can install and try, but it obviously isn't as convenient as the new "test drive" feature they have made. What's more convenient than directly trying the game out in your current browser window? Installing extra apps can always risk filling up your storage with massive amounts from temporary files that you may have trouble removing. This problem is usually caused when a user installed extra applications and then removing them (in the case of installing a trial and removing it later). The browser "test drive" feature will cut a lot of this out by letting the user try the application on the browser they are currently using before purchasing.

Here is a video of me talking about the Amazon AppStore.

Also quoted from the Amazon AppStore hompage, is the words "Get a great paid app for free every day". This means, Amazon will feature a paid application everyday, and you have the option to get the application FREE of charge! Although this feature is already on iOS devices, it is provided by a 3rd party website, unlike the one Amazon is providing on their own AppStore.

In fact, at the time of writing this article, Angry Birds RIO (Sorry, Amazon isn't letting me link to the product page. Please access through the Amazon AppStore.) is free for Android devices exclusively from the Amazon AppStore! Go check it out now! This offer is only available for a limited time.

I wanted to link you guys some cool and popular games on this blog post, but I guess Amazon still have a lot of touching up to do, and the linking feature for Amazon Associates Members are not currently compatible with the new AppStore. I'm sorry for the inconvenience. If you want to go check out the apps please access it here.
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