Arriving too late to prevent a class action lawsuit, Google rolled out a new update this week for Google Play. The update adds a new option for requiring passwords, it rearranges a few of the menus, and it adds a bulk install option. Continue reading
Early this morning the retail giant announced that the Kindle Fire HD tablets were now available for pre-order from 170 countries, with the first models shipping out on 13 June. The tablets are priced at the local equivalents of $284 for the 8.9" Kindle Fire HD and $214 for the 7 inch Kindle Fire HD. Continue reading
When Amazon took the Appstore international last month, China was the first among a handful of countries that weren't supported. Given that Amazon had launched the Kindle Store in China only 4 months earlier, this came as a surprise. Continue reading
Right now the Amazon Appstore is only available in the US, a handful of countries in Europe, and Japan, and the same goes for the Kindle Fire. But according to the press release Amazon will soon be selling Android apps in "nearly 200 countries" around the world, including India, South Africa, South Korea, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, and even Vatican City. Continue reading
Apple probably is never going to be an exhibitor at CES, but that doesn't stop them from finding a way to upstage the tradeshow. They put out a press release today touting the 40,000,000,000th app download from iTunes, Apple's app store. Continue reading
About 18 months ago, Apple sued Amazon for false advertising and trademark violation over using the term “app store” to describe its, well, Android app store—which is to say, the store where you go to buy apps. The wheels of justice grind slow but fine. Yesterday Reuters reported Amazon has submitted a filing asking a judge to throw out the lawsuit, on the basis that the term “app store” was so generic that it shouldn’t be considered false advertising.
I was amused to note that Amazon includes mention of times Apple CEOs Steve Jobs and Tim Cook even used the phrase generically to discuss competitors’ stores. Did Apple’s CEOs make false and misleading statements during their earnings calls, Amazon wonders?
There's an interesting post from Flurry out today, but I wouldn't read too much into it.
According to Flurry, they've been tracking the in-app purchases of a set of apps found in all 3 markets (they track lots of apps, but today we're only interested in these few apps). Over the last 45 days, Flurry has noted that for every buck the apps have generated in iTunes, the same apps have earned $.89 in the Amazon Appstore, which is a pretty decent accomplishment for such a young appstore. But what's even more interesting is that the apps only earned an average of $.23 in Google Play.
While it is interesting to see how the app stores compared for a particular set of apps, I think this data set is a little to small to be generalized into a conclusion for all markets. Continue reading
A lot has been written about the Amazon Appstore, including how developers aren't happy about the free app deals, DRM issues, and other matters, but one detail that I have been wanting to see was revenue.
Amazon has been selling Android apps for just over 10 months now, and given their competitive nature I assumed that they would have at least a small part of the overall app market.
But it wasn't until earlier this week that I finally got some proof. One Android developer producing games as Ziggy's Games has been blogging about his experiences, and earlier this week Mike Cane tipped me to a post on app downloads.
I've just gotten word from an Australian gadget blog I follow that Amazon have quietly expanded their Android Appstore to include Australia. It's not mentioned on their support pages, so I'm still waiting for confirmation.
My source reports that they successfully installed the Appstore client and registered it with their existing (Australian) Amazon account. This is great, but does it work anywhere else? I ask because I would expect that Amazon enabled Canada, UK, NZ, as well as Australia, only they haven't announced it yet.
Final Update: Amazon appear to have closed off the loophole. The Appstore is back to being US-only again.