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The Disruptive Potential of the Amazon App Store

The Disruptive Potential of the Amazon App Store

A few days ago, Amazon's App Store officially opened for business. I've been spending the past few days reflecting and talking with colleagues on the many ways Amazon's move could disrupt the Android ecosystem, in a good way. There are a number of challenges manufactures have run into with Google as it relates to Android, and the Amazon app store may show a clear path to overcome those challenges and limit dependence on the Android marketplace.

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Amazon smartphone re-invigorates Appstore hunt

Amazon smartphone re-invigorates Appstore hunt

Technology blogs and forums are rife with rumors about the upcoming launch of an Amazon Smartphone - coming as early as September. It’s a given that if they’re intending to enter a market already well-gripped by Apple and Samsung, Amazon will have differentiate itself at all levels. We have already spoken about the possibility of 3D features on the phone, tapping the hardware details several times as well. What's left? Software - specifically apps.

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD and HD 8.9 spreads: over 170 countries [Update: Appstore in nearly 200]

Amazon Kindle Fire HD and HD 8.9 spreads: over 170 countries [Update: Appstore in nearly 200]

Amazon's Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HD 8.9 ereader-tablets are set to spread, with preorders lighting up in over 170 countries from today. The 7- and 8.9-inch tablets - which run Amazon's heavily customized Android platform - have been available in the US, select countries in Europe, and Japan for some time now, but will make their worldwide play from June 13 when they both begin shipping more broadly. Update: Amazon also has news about Appstore availability; more details after the cut.

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Amazon Appstore set to spread to 200 countries

Amazon Appstore set to spread to 200 countries

Amazon's Appstore for Android devices is readying a big leap in availability, spreading to nearly 200 countries as the online retailer ramps up the pressure on Google's official Play download store. Set to launch "in the coming months" the broader availability - which will include Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, India, South Africa, and South Korea, among others - follows Amazon's most recent international launch, the Japanese version of the store back in 2012.

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Amazon Appstore ruled unmistakably different from Apple App Store

Amazon Appstore ruled unmistakably different from Apple App Store

In the month of March 2011, Apple made a move to take out Amazon's "Appstore" because the name too closely resembled their own "App Store". This case has been dismissed this week. U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton in Oakland, California spoke up this week in favor of Amazon's request to end the case (or toss it, if you prefer), in favor of the idea that Amazon's offering showed no realistically similar overall appearance when compared to Apple's store full of apps. Basically this means that Amazon will have to pay no penalty and that their name "Amazon Appstore" may remain for the duration.

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