April 14, 2011 // By: Heather McIlvaine
The debut of Amazon’s Appstore for Android is well-timed. Analysts predict the Android OS will command 38% of the smartphone market, the largest share, by the end of 2011. As their numbers grow, Android device users will have greater need for organized, well-stocked app stores.
Until now, the go-to destination for Android-only apps was Google’s own Android Market, which we covered in the SAP.info article: “Business Apps for Android.” Poorly organized content and the lack of prior testing for malware and phishing are major drawbacks to shopping in the Android Market; on the plus side, Google’s store already offers over 250,000 apps, many of them suitable for business use, and the selection continues to grow exponentially.
Currently, Appstore for Android has only around 4,000 apps available, but Amazon provides more and better-organized content information and it pre-screens apps for viruses. Amazon’s Appstore, by the way, is spelled in one word, as opposed to Apple’s App Store. Not that it prevented Apple from suing Amazon for trademark infringement.
At the moment, Appstore for Android is only available to customers located in the U.S., or to those customers who use a U.S.-issued credit card with a U.S. billing address. Amazon hopes to make Appstore available to international customers in the future. Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile customers in the U.S. can use the Appstore for Android, but AT&T does not yet support apps purchased from Amazon.
In the next pages, we take a look at the following aspects of Amazon’s new Appstore: