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  • Amazon ‘Unlocked’ Will Give Away Paid Apps For Free

    Amazon ‘Unlocked’ Will Give Away Paid Apps For Free

    Amazon has been working hard to build up the popularity of its Android-based Appstore with consumers and developers — borrowing from the well-thumbed Amazon playbook of deep discounts to drive usage. Now, a new feature it wants to launch looks like it could be its biggest disruptive storefront promotion yet. The company has been working on a new section called “Unlocked”… Read More

  • Amazon Quietly Launches Its Consumer-Facing Mobile Wallet App, Amazon Wallet

    Amazon Quietly Launches Its Consumer-Facing Mobile Wallet App, Amazon Wallet

    Amazon’s first attempt at its own mobile wallet application, designed for use at the point-of-sale, has made a quiet debut on the Amazon Appstore and on Google Play. However, the current implementation of the new “Amazon Wallet” application is fairly barebones – it doesn’t yet support mobile payments or the ability to store credit cards or debit cards. Instead… Read More

  • BlackBerry Turns To Amazon To Fix BlackBerry’s App Problem

    BlackBerry Turns To Amazon To Fix BlackBerry’s App Problem

    BlackBerry has partnered with Amazon in a deal that will bring Amazon’s Android Appstore to BlackBerry devices. Why? As BlackBerry’s CEO John Chen tells the WSJ, he simply doesn’t have time, energy and money to build a proper app ecosystem, which is about right. The Amazon Appstore will be available alongside the BlackBerry 10.3 platform this fall. Read More

  • New Amazon Appstore Incentive Program Encourages Developers To Build For Amazon, Will Give Consumers “Cash Back” On Apps

    New Amazon Appstore Incentive Program Encourages Developers To Build For Amazon, Will Give Consumers “Cash Back” On Apps

    Amazon today is announcing a major push designed to encourage developers to build apps optimized for its Amazon Appstore app marketplace, and its Fire OS mobile operating system which currently powers Kindle Fire devices. With a new program called Appstore Developer Select, app developers will receive a variety of marketing and promotional benefits as well as discounts on Amazon services… Read More

  • Amazon Appstore Now Open To Web Apps, With One-Click In-App Purchases In Tow

    Amazon Appstore Now Open To Web Apps, With One-Click In-App Purchases In Tow

    Amazon today is announcing a significant expansion to its mobile application marketplace, the Amazon Appstore, which will now be open to developers of HTML5 web applications and mobile websites. These web apps will be discoverable and sold alongside other native Android applications on any device where the Amazon Appstore is able to run, including, of course, the Kindle Fire. Read More

  • Amazon Cloud Drive Photos App Expands To Support Video Upload & Playback On Android

    Amazon Cloud Drive Photos App Expands To Support Video Upload & Playback On Android

    Amazon Cloud Drive Photos, the photo uploading utility that helps move photos from a mobile device into Amazon’s online storage, may have to change its name. Now, the tool doesn’t just support photo uploads, it supports videos as well. Videos can be manually uploaded one by one, or users can opt to have videos auto-save from their devices directly into Amazon’s cloud. Read More

  • Amazon Launches Appstore and Developer Web Site In China

    Amazon Launches Appstore and Developer Web Site In China

    Amazon quietly launched its Appstore in China this weekend in a surprise move that paves the way for the rollout of Kindle devices in that country. At the same time, Amazon also debuted its Chinese-language Web site for developers (link via Google Translate), promising that they will soon have access to customers in 200 countries. Read More

  • Reports Detail Amazon Appstore’s Growing Influence, Revenue Potential

    Reports Detail Amazon Appstore’s Growing Influence, Revenue Potential

    Amazon doesn’t share details on how well its Amazon Appstore apps sell, but according to mobile app analytics firm App Annie, the app marketplace is seeing growing traction among developers. The company surveyed over 1,500 developers, and found that 22.5 percent of them were now publishing to the Amazon Appstore, and half of that group (50 percent) cited the game category on the… Read More

  • Amazon Coins Are Steroids For The Amazon Appstore

    Amazon Coins Are Steroids For The Amazon Appstore

    Editor’s note: Charles Edward Hudson is a venture partner with SoftTech VC and the CEO and co-founder of Bionic Panda Games. I have been trying to wrap my head around Amazon’s decision to launch Amazon Coins as a currency. It struck me as curious because most major platforms who have offered universal, platform-wide virtual currencies have dialed back those efforts or simply… Read More

  • Amazon Appstore For Android Now Lets Users Test Drive Apps Right On Their Devices

    Amazon Appstore For Android Now Lets Users Test Drive Apps Right On Their Devices

    Unless an app you have your eye happens to have a free demo version to muck about with, there’s little one can do to try out an Android app on a device in advance. Sure, you could buy the app straight from the Google Play Store and get a refund within 15 minutes if you’re not satisfied, but Amazon has a new solution in place that helps take the friction out of that testing… Read More

  • Amazon’s Appstore For Android Turns One: 31K Apps, Millions Sold

    Amazon’s Appstore For Android Turns One: 31K Apps, Millions Sold

    This morning, Amazon announced its mobile app marketplace, the Amazon Appstore for Android, is celebrating its first birthday with a week-long sale on some of its most popular apps. The company also took the time to share some figures about the Appstore’s growth over the past year, including the size of its selection, which grew from 4,000 apps at launch to 31,000+ apps today. In… Read More