The Amazon App Store was discovered live this week, indicating that it is days away from the official launch.
German tech blog Androidnews accidentally tripped over the Amazon App Store by typing in the URL www.amazon.com/apps. The now-defunt link at that time showed a horizontal slider with a listing of 48 Android apps and their prices. Now, the link will lead you to Amazon homepage.
From the brief period for which that link was working, we discovered that the Amazon App Store will have exclusive applications which are not available in the Android App Market, and that 14 apps listed there were priced cheaper than their usual official rate.
The cheaper Android apps included titles like Meteor Brick Breaker, Newsweek Mobile and Farm Frenzy. The Scan2PDF app which is available for $6.44 in the Android App Market was carrying a price tag of only $3.99 in the Amazon store.
Though we should keep in mind that all this is pre-launch; things might change by the time the store goes public. Suggested read: How to buy and download paid Android apps in India
It may be noted that Amazon has the rights to determine the price of the apps it sells, unlike the Android App Market where developers fix the prices.
Also, Amazon will charge developers $99 an year for showcasing their apps at its store (though early birds will have first year’s free waived off). Google’s annual fee for the same is $25. Also see: Android vulnerable to virus attack
The exclusive titles that showed up on the Amazon store were: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: Force Recon, 3D Spider Walk, Brainwave Tuner, and Highborn. Call of Duty is a huge favorite among gaming enthusiasts. Amazon might want to retain exclusive distribution rights of this app. Related: Netflix app for Android
We already know that Angry Birds Rio will debut exclusively on Amazon App Store. Now, Amazon has not revealed its App Store’s official release date, but, Angry Birds developer Rovio has gone on record to say that the new game would be available to public on March 22. Maybe we would see the store’s launch at the upcoming CTIA event that starts on March 22.
Angry Birds Rio launch app would see 60 levels and more levels will be added via updates. Th game would be available on Apple App Store also for iPhones and iPads. The movie, Rio, by 20th Century Fox is being released in conjunction with the Rovio game. The movie hits the theaters in the United States on April 15.