Amazon vs Google Play

Amazon is offering a tempting range of Android tablets at attractive prices, backed by plenty of content. From the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD to the budget Kindle Fire update, Amazon is going all-out for a win in the tablet market and Google should be worried.

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According to Bloomberg, Amazon is developing a smartphone that is meant to compete both with Google and Apple’s phones. This Amazon smartphone is apparently going to be manufactured by Foxconn, the same Chinese company that also makes Apple’s iPhone, and they manufacture for a few other big tech companies in the industry as well. This is not the first time we’ve first heard about an Amazon smartphone. The first time we heard about it they were preparing to launch their Kindle Fire tablet. Back then the rumors were also that Amazon wanted to make a 9″ tablet, which I tend…

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[Update] Amazon has issued a press release officially announcing the launch of the Amazon Appstore in several European countries. Read the full press release below. Amazon has made some significant changes to its Appstore developer portal as it prepares to start selling apps outside of the U.S. According to a message posted for app developers, “Apps will be made available for distribution in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain later this summer, with plans for further global expansion in the future.” The posting by Amazon is a confirmation of a rumor that started circulating just over a week ago…

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Compared with everyone else out there that’s shipping Android smartphones and tablets, Amazon is a unique Android device maker, as the online retailer took an entirely different approach when creating the Kindle Fire. Instead of only customizing the user interface of the Kindle Fire Android OS version, like most companies do with their products, Amazon went a step further and built its own Android-based OS, that’s independent from Google. In the process, Amazon went ahead and removed Google’s online services from the Kindle Fire’s OS including the Google Play app store – Android Market as it was called back then….

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I have to admit that, when Amazon launched its own store for Android apps, I was among those who asked why Amazon created its own app store. It all became clearer a while later, when Jeff Bezos’ company launched its own Android-powered device, the Kindle Fire. Helped by the amazing popularity of the Fire, the Amazon Appstore managed to survive alongside Google Play and other third-party stores, and more so, to thrive. Continuing to slowly build up its Appstore, Amazon recently introduced a new feature, which might just give it an edge over Google Play – the platform now lets you…

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After an extensive bout of testing, Amazon has finally given the green light for developers to start offering in-app purchasing in the online retailer’s Android Appstore. The new rule, which will help developers generate more revenue, will take effect today. In-app purchasing has been a permanent fixture in Apple AppStore and Google Play Store, where app developers can charge customers who want to buy coins to unlock special features or publishers who want to sell digital subscription within the apps. Similar to Apple, Amazon will get a 30% cut of the profit from each transaction. Utilizing the same one-click service…

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According to a recent study conducted by mobile app analytics firm Flurry, Google Play (it still has an odd ring to it, doesn’t it?) is not only behind the iTunes App Store when talking about revenues from in-app purchases, but is trumped by Amazon Appstore’s ability of getting users to pay for these kinds of “acquisitions”. The guys at Flurry conducting the study showed that, for every dollar earned through in-app purchases on Apple’s iOS, Amazon’s Appstore generates $0.89, while Google Play only makes $0.23. That’s pretty good for Amazon, considering that the Kindle Fire, their only device generating in-app…

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Are you ready for some bird-slinging action? In space? Today, Rovio has finally unleashed its long-awaited Angry Birds Space, which today became available for download on Android and iOS devices (an even on Windows PCs and Macs, if you’re into that stuff). The game boasts over 60 interstellar levels for you to try your aiming skills, and you can be sure that the new cosmic backdrop will pose some fun challenges. Among other twists, the sequel to the original Angry Birds mega-hit requires you to take into account the lack of gravity, as you navigate the restraint-challenged birds to planets,…

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Launched on March 22 2011, the Amazon Appstore is currently the most popular alternative to Google Play (formerly the Android Market) when it comes to downloading apps, be them free or paid. Arguably more of an Android game market than an App Store, the number of apps available through Amazon has increased almost eight-fold over the past 12 months, up to 31k apps from just 4k at the time of its launch. Although that number is well below the 400,000 apps available on Google Play, this goes to prove that Amazon’s Appstore is an increasingly reputable market, despite the numerous complaints voiced…