Amazon Appstore Developer Portal Hints at Future Plans
Amazon has opened an Appstore Developer Portal that will let developers sell and promote apps on Amazon.com. Though Amazon is offering a 70/30 split in revenue with developers, a common formula, Amazon will also let developers set a "list price" for an app, then tweak that price as the company sees fit. Amazon will vet apps before they are launched, and apps will be promoted as customers browse Amazon.com. Developers can start working with Amazon today after paying a $99 startup fee. Amazon has yet to officially announce a dedicated app store, but this Developer Portal seems to reveal the site's future plans.
Amazon Wallet App Headed for the App Graveyard
Amazon has informed users of the Amazon Wallet application that it will shut down the app and remove it from the Appstore today, reports CNET. Amazon launched the app as a beta service in July.
Amazon to Sell Nextbit Robin for $299
Amazon is kicking off sales of the Nexbit Robin with a limited price. Anyone who buys the phone from Amazon between May 4 and May 10 will pay $299, rather than $399.
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 Must Repay Customers for In-App Purchases
Amazon will have to reimburse customers whose children ran up large bills making in-app purchases, says a federal judge. The FTC sued Amazon in 2014 following consumer complaints about the ease with which children were able to spend money in apps.