While nothing has been officially announced yet, Amazon is rumored to be planning a launch of its upcoming Android App Store this coming Tuesday, March 22, according to sources of Wired Magazine.
Wired reports that the App Store, no hidden secret by any means, has been leaked in one form or another ever since September and is finally ready for public viewing. One alert Android fan actually discovered the site had gone live briefly already, taking screenshots and noting the layout of horizontal sliding pieces that showed the apps and their corresponding prices. One screenshot is below.
Amazon will definitely be a hot competitor to the Android Market, as it already has scored exclusivity rights to several apps. One such notable apps is Angry Birds Rio, which will ONLY be available through Amazon. In addition, not just any app can be submitted and accepted into the Amazon store; the company has opted for a closed reviewing process much like iTunes App Store.
An interesting fact was noted about Amazon’s possible global reach. Amazon’s payment system is accepted in more countries than Google Checkout, so the former could quite possibly beat the latter at its own game in several countries by being the only app provider.
Since Amazon’s App Store will be a third-party software hub for Android, it will most likely not be available on AT&T’s network; currently, the network restricts access to third party software on its Android-powered devices. It will be interesting to see if new services such as Amazon can persuade AT&T to lift this restriction, but there’s no way of knowing at this moment.
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