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 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.
Developers Can (Finally) Create Instant Apps
Google today made its instant apps tool available to all developers. Google first announced instant apps at its I/O developer conference in 2016.
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.
Progressive Web Apps Will Soon Sink Deeper Into Android
Google plans to improve Progressive Web Apps in the next beta version of Chrome, a change that will give the apps far more functionality than they currently enjoy. Google has been experimenting with Progressive Web Apps since 2015.