Amazon to Let Devs Charge for Android Web Apps
Amazon today began allowing developers to set list prices for their HTML5-based web apps for Android devices. Amazon has let developers offer their web apps through the Amazon Appstore since last year, but until today only permitted those apps to be free. Moving forward, developers can choose to monetize their apps. According to Amazon, prices can be applied to apps already in the Appstore if developers want, as well as new apps. The upgraded status of web apps also means web app developers can participate in Amazon's Free App of the Day promotion. More information is available from Amazon's developer web site.
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.
Amazon Underground Heralds 'Actually Free Apps'
Amazon today made available a new app that gives Android device owners access to totally free apps worth tens of thousands of dollars. Amazon Underground, which must be side-loaded directly from Amazon's web site, provides users with free versions of games and other apps that typically include fees of some sort.
Amazon, Boingo Giving Away 6 Months of WiFi
Amazon Underground and Boingo Wireless today said people who download Boingo's app from Amazon Underground will be rewarded with six months of free WiFi. The offer is good between now and December 31.
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.