Amazon to launch its Android App store this month?

By siliconindia   |   Saturday, 09 October 2010, 14:27 IST
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Bangalore: Amazon's planned online store that sells applications for Android is expected to see a launch this month. Sources indicate that the application store is getting the finishing touches added to it currently. However, official details are yet to be release. The new endeavor will put the company in direct competition with Google in the Android smartphone market. Apple's app store has some 250,000 apps, while Google's web site has about 80,000. It is predicted that similar to Apple and Google deals, Amazon also would give developers a 70 percent cut of sales. Starting as an online book retailer, Amazon expanded its portfolio into digital music, video and e-books through its Kindle e-reader. It should also be noted that there are many things needed to be clarified one such being as to which Android devices Amazon's app store will support and how it will be distributed. Google's Android comes preloaded on all Android smartphones where as Amazon will have to ink deals with device makers to get its app store in there. We should also wait and see if Amazon's Android app store and Google market will coexist on a device. Speculating the cost, experts feel that the developers will reportedly have to pay $100 to sign up. Apps can either be free or paid. As of now, Amazon's app store will likely be available only in the U.S.