Amazon Reboots Developer Tools for Appstore
Amazon today launched a new set of tools for developers looking to create apps for the Amazon Appstore. Amazon runs its own application storefront for Android devices. The new developer portal makes it easier for developers to plan and submit their applications to Amazon for approval and listing. The portal has improved search functions, provides easier access to all APIs, adds a dedicated section for games and a dedicated section for HTML5, and provides a wide range of other resources, including how-to videos. The new developer portal is available beginning today.
Amazon Makes Mobile Wallet App Available
Amazon recently released a mobile wallet application for Android-based smartphones. The app, which Amazon has labeled a beta, lets people store gift cards, loyalty cards, and membership cards, which can be scanned or typed directly into the app.
Amazon Refuses to Settle with FTC Over In-App Charges
Amazon has made clear to the Federal Trade Commission that it will not settle with the government over claims it didn't adequately prevent customers from making in-app purchases. Consumers complained that children were able to easily make unwanted in-app purchases from Amazon's Appstore.
BlackBerry Taps Amazon for Smartphone Apps
BlackBerry today said it signed an agreement with Amazon in order to offer more apps to owners of its BlackBerry 10 smartphones. The deal will add Amazon's Appstore to BlackBerry handsets running BBOS 10.3.
Amazon Brings Prime Music to Smartphones
Amazon today launched Prime Music, its own streaming music service. Prime Music is free to those who subscribe to Amazon Prime ($99/year), which also offers perks such as discounted shipping and Amazon Instant Video.