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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]

Angry Birds Rio for Android exclusive to Amazon Appstore, plus ad-free Angry Birds

If Google thought Amazon was playing safe with its Amazon Appstore plans then it has a nasty wake-up call this morning. Rovio has announced that it will dump GetJar and throw in with the new Amazon download service for its new Angry Birds Rio for Android game. Amazon's Appstore will be the exclusive place to get Angry Birds Rio, while Rovio will also offer ad-free versions of Angry Birds and Angry Birds Seasons for Android, again exclusively through Amazon's system. Angry Birds Rio for Android will be available at amazon.com/angrybirds. It will come with 60 levels, with more on offer via in-app purchases. Press Release:
Angry Birds Rio for Android to Debut Exclusively in the Amazon Appstore AUSTIN, Texas/ ESPOO, Finland – March 14, 2011 – Rovio today announced that the highly anticipated game Angry Birds Rio will be introduced for the Android platform exclusively in the Amazon Appstore. Developed in conjunction with Twentieth Century Fox, Angry Birds Rio features the animated stars of the studio’s upcoming motion picture, RIO. Additionally, for the first time ever on the Android platform, fans of Angry Birds games will have the opportunity to purchase and download ad-free versions of Angry Birds and Angry Birds Seasons. Both will debut only in the Amazon Appstore. “The Android platform has seen phenomenal growth, and it’s great that new avenues for app distribution are opening up,” said Mikael Hed, CEO of Rovio. “The openness of the Android platform works for the benefit of consumers and developers alike. It has been delightful to team up with Amazon to bring the Angry Birds franchise to this great new application marketplace.” “Amazon is thrilled to work with a leading developer like Rovio in offering our customers Angry Birds Rio for Android exclusively in the Amazon Appstore,” said Aaron Rubenson, category leader for Amazon Appstore. “We think Angry Birds Rio is sure to be an instant customer favorite.” “Angry Birds Rio is a fun and interactive way to introduce millions of fans to the exciting world of 'RIO,' and we are proud to work with both Rovio and Amazon to make this experience available to users on the Android platform,” said Peter Levinsohn, president of new media and digital distribution for Twentieth Century Fox. “The Amazon Appstore will be a great new way for consumers to download all their favorite Android apps, and we’re excited to offer Angry Birds Rio as one of the first pieces of content to be made available to consumers through this new store.” In Angry Birds Rio, the original Angry Birds are kidnapped and taken to the magical city of Rio, where they eventually escape their captors and set out to save their friends, Blu and Jewel – two rare macaws and the stars of the upcoming Fox motion picture, RIO. From the creators of Fox’s blockbuster ICE AGE motion picture franchise, RIO debuts in theaters worldwide on April 15, 2011. Angry Birds Rio will launch with 60 dedicated levels, with more content to follow via app updates. Angry Birds Rio will be available for download on Android phones and tablets at amazon.com/angrybirds.

Amazon Appstore Promises Security for Android Devs

All developers of applications on the Android platform hoping above all else to keep their applications secure might have a shining beacon of light coming in from Amazon's Appstore. With what they're calling Digital Rights Management, they're offering a soft of lock on any app you sell through Amazon Appstore that would require anyone who hopes to access an app to have installed and signed-in to the Amazon Appstore client as well as have verification from the user who original purchaser of the app in order to download. How is this different from what the Android Marketplace offers? Let's talk about it.

App retailer GetJar scores venture funds

Thanks to skyrocketing sales of the Android platform amongst smart-phone users, independent mobile app retailer GetJar has scored $25 million in venture capital from such angels as Tiger Global Management and Accel Partners.  With previous investments, the total amount that GetJar has raised to create a serious Android market outlet has surpassed over $40 million.  The venture funds will enable GetJar to expand sales, marketing and engineering in order to create a leading Android app portal in a rapidly growing retail market of Android based app stores.
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