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 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 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 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 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.
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.