Amazon's Appstore has gone live in Japan, giving Japanese users the chance to download Android apps to their smartphones, tablets, and new Kindles. The store will include the same apps as available elsewhere in the world, as well as Japan-specific titles from regional carriers and developers.
Those who rely heavily on Amazon's Appstore for Android (especially for their Free App of the Day promo) will be pleased to know that the user interface got a facelift, and many of the annoying bugs that have been plaguing your experience with the app have now been fixed, including the multi-user login issue for Android 4.2 users.
The platform that allows users to buy and download Android apps without actually going to the Android Market has been alive and kicking for an entire year. In that time, it has arguably grown to be an even more attractive place to find and discover apps than Google's own service. It gained even more traction when Amazon began selling its own tablet, the Kindle Fire.
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Amazon's AppStore for Android has quietly gone live outside of the US, it appears, with users in the UK, the Netherlands and elsewhere all reporting that they now have access to the download store. Although there's no sign of an announcement from Amazon itself - and indeed the retailer's site still says it's US-only - it's now possible to sign-in with a non-US account and download apps.
GetJar has launched GetJar Gold, offering over $50 worth of Android apps for free in an attempt to take on the Amazon Appstore for Android's "free app of the day." According to GetJar, the intention is to add new apps daily: at launch, it includes Age of Zombies, Fruit Ninja THD and Advanced Task Manager, with certain apps being sponsored by the developers to appear higher up the list.
Attempts by Apple to have Amazon's use of the name Appstore for its download store blocked have failed, with the Cupertino company's legal argument failing to convince the judge presiding the case. Apple had sought an early injunction against Amazon, claiming that the retailer's Amazon Appstore for Android could "confuse and mislead customers" due to the similarity of its name with Apple's own App Store for iOS.
Apple didn't take kindly at all to Amazon launching the Amazon Appstore for Android to sell apps directly to Android smartphone and tablet users. The trademark infringement suit was swift and is still ongoing. Apple obviously has the trademark on "App Store" and feels that it will extend to "Appstore" too. The legal battle goes on and it appears that Apple will likely lose its battle to block the Appstore owned by Amazon.
If a developer wants to sell a game on the Amazon Appstore they have some pretty tough decision to make. The Amazon Appstore has a good reach with consumers even if it just launched this year. The problem is that according to the IGDA, a game industry body, Amazon can change how they pay the developer for their game without getting the developers permission.
I am an iPhone user, but I have a bunch of Android devices laying around here that I use for games and surfing the web on occasion. I can appreciate a good Android app as much as the next geek. The problem is that generally I have to download and hope the game is worth the space on my Galaxy Tab and delete if not.