Amazon’s Appstore for Android Officially Launches

Amazon’s Appstore for Android Officially Launches

Mar 22, 2011

It’s finally here, and open for business. Amazon’s Appstore for Android went live this morning, loaded with games, tools and other applications.

Despite a false alarm where the Appstore went live a few days too early, the Amazon Appstore for Android officially launched today. Offering a familiar interface that Amazon shoppers have known for years: User reviews, detailed descriptions, personalized recommendations and the ability to take apps for a “test drive” on a simulated Android phone, Amazon’s Appstore for Android is looking like it’s off to a great start.

Customers will be able to navigate the Appstore from their desktop computer using a web browser or by downloading the Amazon Appstore application to their phone. They’ll be able to quickly and easily see the free app of the day, top apps and new apps.

Buying an app is simple and quick, although, don’t expect it to automatically download to your phone if you buy an app through your desktop — you’ll have to open the Appstore app on your phone and download it later. Users will also be able to see what apps they have installed and any updates that are available.

Of course, it’s no surprise that Angry Birds and Angry Birds Rio are already at the top of the charts. In fact, if you hurry, you’ll be able to get Angry Birds Rio — normally a 99 cent download — for free. It’ll only be free for the next few hours, however, at which point, the next free app of the day will pop up. That’s right! In order to remain competitive, Amazon will be offering one paid app for free, every day.

The Amazon Appstore also features a selection of bestselling and new apps from top developers, including Pac-Man, Doodle Jump Deluxe, Evernote, WeatherBug Elite, Zagat to Go, TweetCaster Pro and more.

The Appstore is currently only available to users in the United States. There’s also a notice that says AT&T is working to enable purchases in the future. It’s unknown at this time whether or not Amazon will be able to extend their range to include a global audience, regardless of carrier.

Dale Culp
Dale Culp has been writing about video games in print and on the web for the better part of the last 10 years. From the Atari 2600 to the Xbox 360 and beyond, he's covered just about everything. You'll find his work in places such as TheWeekender.com, GoLackawanna.com, Gamesylvania.com, EscapistMagazine.com and even IGN.com
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