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Android App Downloads pass 3 Billion

In it's first quarter 2011 earnings call, Google let it be known that over three billion apps have been downloaded from the Android Market since it opened. The tally reflects a 50% increase in Android app downloads since the last quarter of 2010. Google didn't go into details over what apps had been downloaded multiple times, meaning that the tally could be reflecting a percentage of apps that have been re-downloaded to replace and app that had been deleted. But even with that possibility, it's still an impressive tall.

Amazon clears the air on their AppStore Developer Agreement

There seems to have been a bit of confusion over details in the Amazon AppStore Developer Agreement. There was apparently two different versions, one in PDF and one in text, and the plaint text version was an old version from before last November. Amazon had altered the ADA then, to reflect a definition of list price in the store. That likely means the some lazy intern forgot the post the new text file and confusion reigned. It's now been fixed.

Angry Birds Seasons Easter coming soon [Pics]

For all you bird lovers, or pig haters it looks like the wonderful developers of Angry Birds are about to push out yet again another Seasons update. This is Angry Birds Seasons Easter. The Easter update will bring 15 levels of little pigglets wearing bunny ears, with candy, and eggs all around for you to collect and enjoy.

Amazon’s Free App of the Day: Pew Pew 2

I may be dating myself here, but I remember back "in the day" when video games had vector graphics. Cool colorful wire-frame drawings were the cutting edge on games like Asteroids, Battlezone, and Tempest ate many a quarter out of my pocket. So, the nostalgia of Amazon's Free App of the day today really takes me back with Pew Pew 2. Complete with Arcade style design, Pew Pew 2 offers a great retro look with seven different game modes, all in one mobile package.

Premium edition of Angry Birds Seasons free today on Amazon AppStore

Every day, the Amazon AppStore for Android is offering a free premium app to encourage a return to the AppStore more often. And today it's Angry Birds Seasons Ad-Free edition by Rovio Mobile. The app is free for all Amazon account holders in the US and customizes Rovio's insanely successful game with holiday themes. Currently, themes include Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day and St Patrick’s Day. This premium version comes without any ads and is available free for one day only.

GameLoft to distribute games through Amazon [Updated]

GameLoft has announced that they've hitched their wagon to the Amazon AppStore for Android and will be distributing their games. Citing security and piracy concerns, GameLoft stated that they want their users to be confident that the games they download aren't being co-opted with malware, which has afflicted the Android Marketplace lately. Additionally, GameLoft stated DRM as another reason to go with Amazon as a distribution partner. Considering that Amazon will be putting strict controls and must approve every app for listing is a compelling and attractive reason, but let's not forget the large pond that Amazon enjoys. Although not as large as the Android Marketplace, the online portal has launched with over 3,800 titles out of the box, its one-click eco system makes purchasing apps both secure and easy.

AT&T working with Amazon to bring AppStore to handsets

In another sign that AT&T is shifting away from the iPhone and doubling down on the Android platform, Ma Bell is believed to be hard at work to develop support for the Amazon App Store. According to sources, Amazon and AT&T may be working to bring a direct app to future Android handsets which will allow for direct updating and purchases of Android apps through the Amazon App Store. Software upgrades to current handsets could also provide a purchase path on additional Android phones as well. Until that path is complete, AT&T has launched a site called AppStoreAccess.com, where users can select their phone and type in their email address to be notified when the link to the Amazon AppStore for Android is complete.

Amazon Appstore for Android Launches today

Amazon launched it's Amazon Appstore for Android today. And to celebrate, the bookseller is offering Angry Birds RIO for .99 all day today, and a regularly paid app available for free every day. The App store, which got major notice when Rovio opted to sell it's line of Angry Birds titles exclusively, represents serious competition to the Android Market and could represent a real threat to the dominance of the iTunes App Store.

Rovio’s Amazon Connection will Change App Sales for Android Forever

If you've got your hand on the pulse of the developer community here in the Android world, you've got some sense that a maker of games can get a lot more cash in their pocket by giving away a game for free (with ad coverage all over it) than they can selling the game without ads. This is due in part to the market that's developed in the Android world, one where it's much more likely that a game will be popular and stay popular if it costs the consumer no currency*. All that may be about to change with Rovio's announcement that Angry Birds: RIO will be released on Amazon's new Android app market exclusively.

Amazon App Store quietly populated: Apps and Pricing detailed

Evidence of the incoming Amazon App Store has reportedly been sighted in advance of the retailer's official launch. AndroidNews.de found that visiting amazon.com/apps shows a selection of 48 titles already in the retailer's catalog, including Scan2PDF, EasyTether and Space War HD. None of the titles have a product page as yet - clicking them goes straight back to the Amazon homepage - but they do have pricing information. A quick comparison against the official Android Market, and it seems there will be some variation in prices, though one download store isn't conclusively cheaper than the other. Note, we had to log out of our Amazon account in order to see the apps; otherwise our personalized Recent History recommendations squeezed out the software suggestions. However, the listings are still visible at time of posting. [gallery]
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