Amazon App Store - Good for the Android Ecosystem?

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    Amazon App Store - Good for the Android Ecosystem?


    To say that the Android Market could be improved would be an understatement. A number of App-Assistance sites have sprung up to fill the hole that Google has been unable to fill: Clean interface, Information you need, Screenshots, Ratings, etc.

    But they all live a little to be desired as well. That's where Amazon is hoping to have an impact on the market. They seem to think they can develop and administer an App store that will change the buying experience. And at the same time, I'm sure they are hoping to improve upon the Android experience to stick it to Apple just a bit and keep the competing iPad from becoming a threat to their digital book sales at the same time.

    So, will this be a Win/Win for both Android and Amazon? Let's hope so... and just to sweeten the pot a little bit more, Business Insider has a few points as to WHY this might be a match made in heaven for everyone involved.


    • Amazon has a great software backend, they should be able to improve Application Discovery easily.
    • Amazon accepts payments in more countries then Google. A problem that has kept Google from opening up the market to other countries and has (some speculate) increased piracy.
    • Amazon has a great website to promote Apps on. Lots of eyeballs.
    • Amazon has the ability to set their own rules, so possibly no 24 hour return.
    • Amazon has incentive to make sure that only quality products show up in their market. Money. They get nothing for supporting free apps, while Google does. So quality should be much higher.

    I'm very excited to see what Amazon has cooking for this app store. What are your feelings? Looking forward to it or think it's a bad idea? Let us know!

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    Not sure how I feel about this. Some people think that competition will be good, but I really don't want to have to worry about the "fragmentation" issue that could result. I like being able to just open up the Market app and look for whatever app I need.
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    yeah I tend to agree with jmgib , I'll check it out to be sure though. It does fascinate me as to why Google can't get a better market going.

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    For me, this is no doubt a good thing for the end-user. Imagine if we had to buy all our software in one store, or all our cell phones, etc.

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    That isn't the same thing though. Take a look at the article on Techcrunch.

    It's not like it's really difficult to get an app into the Google Market. Actually I expect the Amazon store will be more of a walled garden like the Apple App Store than the more open Google Market. Where does it end though? There is already word that Verizon is going to create their own market place as well. I just think this doesn't bode well for the consumer.
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