Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Amazon Appstore is now live, Apple is suing for the name

The Amazon Appstore is now live - and is already in trouble. First things first though, you can download Angry Birds Rio from the Amazon App Store today while it's free (it won't be tomorrow). And as for the trouble, Apple's lawyers have something to say about the "App Store" name.
Update: The Amazon Appstore seems to be experiencing some technical difficulties at the moment and is inaccessible.
The Amazon Appstore is accessible from two places - their website (though that seems to be down at the moment) and from their app. We snapped a few screenshots of the app to give you a feel for it - you can download it here (it was there one second, gone the next; try again later) if you want to take it for a spin.
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The Amazon App Store client
Whichever way you choose, you'll have access to about 3,800 apps. Not bad for a launch day count, considering more and more devs will probably put up their stuff in the Amazon Appstore.
You can sign in with your Amazon account, which already knows you and will be able to offer app suggestions based on your purchase history. Amazon will also be offering a free app every day to promote their Appstore.
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Amazon App Store
Right now, Angry Birds Rio is free (it'll cost $0.99 tomorrow). We tried to download it but something went wrong - maybe you'll have better luck. Something that annoyed us is that Amazon wants payment details even if you're just downloading free stuff.
Amazon offer an interesting Test Drive option - you can try out an app for 30 minutes in your browser. That's right, in the browser (Amazon's cloud services at work).
But the Appstore has gotten Amazon into trouble - with Apple's App Store and their lawyers. The "App Store" patent is Apple's and they filed a suit against Amazon. Microsoft is opposing the "App Store" patent too.
Source 1, Source 2

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