Amazon App Store Launches for Android Devices – Free Downloads
A lot is going on today in the world of electronics. Amazon has launched their own Android App Store today and Apple Inc. is suing, the CTIA Wireless 2011 Convention is being held in Orlando, FL and April 19th has been decided upon as the the Blackberry Playbook launch date which will rival Apple’s iPad.
According to the Baltimore Sun’s Carson Porter, “Amazon launched their own Android app store today and are offering Angry Birds Rio for free to give you a little more incentive to install their app store. Click here to get started by entering your phone number so Amazon can send you the download link. The install process is pretty long and halfway through I read that the Amazon app store is blocked by AT&T, my carrier. So apparently I can’t get this deal, but the rest of you can expect Amazon to offer a different premium app for free every day.”
Yet, last week Apple Inc is suing Amazon.com Inc stating improper use of their APP STORE trademark while they attempt to register that trademark in the US but Microsoft is opposing.
There is concern that an Amazon app store will create confusion within the Android Market, but nonetheless, Amazon is out to be a serious competitor.
Whether the Amazon Appstore may pave way to an official Amazon-branded Android tablet is unclear. Currently, Amazon is still boasting the advantages of a dedicated e-reader device through its Kindle platform, though the company does offer a Kindle app for PCs, Macs, and mobile devices.”
Larry Dignan of ZDNet concurs, “For now, the focus is on Amazon’s app launch, but a few analysts as well as Jason Perlow have argued that Amazon is likely to enter the tablet market. The argument is that Amazon can use Android, launch a tablet and then tie in its services such as streaming movies, MP3 sales, e-books…”
What do you think? Are you excited about all this competition and new technology?