In an effort to make developing apps for an easier process, Amazon has released a suite of tools for developers to test their application through the Amazon App Store. These tools will allow a developer to push out updates to selected users to make sure the app works well in a consumer environment instead of just the test environment the app was built in. This includes testing in-app purchase APIs and stability to guarantee your app or update is rock solid before it gets pushed out to the masses.
Normally, Amazon has one free app of the day, but today they have a total of 8. Of course, they are all Halloween themed. On top of these games being free, you will also get 20 Amazon coins credited to your account for each app. Amazon is also offering a bunch of other apps at discounted prices. Hit the source link below to grab any or all of them.
- Zombie Highway regularly $0.99
- Slender Man! Chapter 1: Alone – regularly $0.99
- Zig Zag Zombie HD - regularly $1.99
- Zig Zag Zombie - regularly $0.99
- Greedy Spiders - regularly $0.99
- Ghost Radar – Connect - regularly $0.99
- Age of Zombies - regularly $0.99
- Hidden Objects: Zombie Madness - regularly $0.99
Amazon has announced it will be expanding its Appstore to 200 new countries worldwide. Among the new countries added are Canada, Australia, South Africa and South Korea, now having the ability to access the alternative market content for the first time. This is something that Amazon really needs to do if it wants to compete with with Google’s Play Store. Amazon is doing extremely well in the tablet market, however its list of apps is rather small compared to the likes of the Google’s. With the addition of 200 countries, developers may now be more inclined to put their apps in Amazon’s store reaching more people.
Continue on past the break for all the details in the press release. Leave us a comment and let us know your thoughts.
Amazon can stake its claim of being the undisputed leader in the Android tablet market share out here in the States. According to a nice report by research firm Localytics, out of all the Android tablets out there in the world, 59% the overall tablets worldwide are based in the U.S.— with an astounding 33% of those tablets being an original Kindle Fire or Kindle Fire HD, 10% being that of a Nook tablet and 9% being some sort of Samsung Galaxy Tab variant among other things. Even more astounding about this study is that outside of the U.S., Kindle Fire are essentially non-existent as 89% of Amazon’s tablet models are in the States, followed by a much smaller percentage of models being found in Great Britain and an even smaller percentage of Amazon tablet models out in other markets worldwide. This all points out to the fact that the Kindle Fire family of tablets are having a major impact on the overall number of tablets worldwide… even if they’re found mostly in 2 specific markets.
The findings of this study paints an even bigger picture for apps developers and subsequently— owners of an Amazon tablet. What the study implies is that app developers should begin developing apps not only for the Play Store, but also Amazon’s App Store as well as it gives yet another important distribution channel to the masses— resulting in much more exposure of a great brand, game or developer.
Additional fun facts and details can be found once you hit the source link below.
Two months ago Amazon began accepting submissions from developers for its up-and-coming Japanese Appstore launch. Today Amazon has flipped the switch and the Japanese branch of its Appstore is now available for any of our friends across the sea to get their download on. Japan has always been known for its love for technology, so if you’re a developer you may want to consider submitting your app to this newly opened market, as it could be a great source of additional revenue.
If you’d like to see the Japanese Appstore, or learn how to submit an app, hit our source link below.
Source: Amazon Japan
As Netflix continues to grow and expand worldwide, so too does its ability to work on major devices. That’s why Netflix recently expressed its enthusiasm in announcing its mobile app is now available on the Kindle Fire tablet in the UK and Ireland. This means starting today, users will be able to grab the app from the Amazon App Store and finally be able to play content of their favorite show, movie or program— right from the comfort of their tablet.
Again— Netflix is inching closer and closer to taking over the world— but it continues to do it little by little and its expansion to additional devices in the UK and Ireland is a start.
The Amazon Appstore has been around for a little over a year now, but it’s only available to U.S. residents. I’m not sure why they didn’t release it all over the world, but it looks like Europe may be the first area outside the U.S. to get a taste of it. All Things D is reporting that Amazon will announce next week that they are accepting submissions from developers soon.
The timing of this is interesting since sales of the Kindle Fire are starting to show declines. Amazon sold 4.8 million units in the 4th quarter 2011, but only 750,000 in the 1st quarter of this year. This was obviously due to Holiday sales, but that’s a pretty big drop. This might have been part of the plan all along, but it certainly can’t hurt Amazon to start selling Kindle Fire’s in more areas. Not to mention the Google Nexus tablet (and possibly an iPad Mini) is looming.
Amazon has finally answered the cries from both developers and its customers by finally launching the in-app purchasing system after what was seemingly an endless development. In a nutshell, it allows for developers to sell additional paid content from within an app. Since developers can just use Amazon’s distribution system instead of having to create their own, it just makes more sense and gives added convenience in order to gain additional revenue. Check out how the new feature works by taking a look at the video after the break.
Would you look at that? The MIUI 4 ROM is now available for the Amazon Kindle Fire. In addition to the sexy Android 4.0-based UI, the ROM includes full support for both the Android Market and the Amazon App Store. Keep in mind the ROM is a work in progress, so the following features are not working at this time:
- Tethering via USB
- Hardware accelerated graphics
- Static wallpaper
MIUI 4 kind of makes that old Kindle Fire feel new again, doesn’t it? If you’re brave, ambitious and love to tinker, be sure to root the Kindle Fire and hit up the MIUI forums at the source link below. Happy ROMing folks!
source: MIUI Forums
Today’s free Amazon app is a little different than what we usually see on a daily basis. What you get today, is a free interactive children’s book in app form, and given the today’s holiday, The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin, is quite fitting.
This bookapp, as I will refer to it, was written by Joe Troiano and illustrated by Susan Banta and tells the tale of Spookley, a square pumpkin living in a round world. Throughout the story, Spookley, deals with harsh peers and is shunned because of his shape. This bookapp delivers a special message of tolerance and self-acceptance that’s just right for Halloween or any day of the year.