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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.

Amazon Android AppStore taking app submissions; due later in 2011

Amazon's Android AppStore, rumored back in October 2010, is now open for business, on the developer side at least. The alternative download store will be hitting Android devices later in 2011, but the retailer is inviting app submissions from developers to populate it ahead of launch. Unlike the official Android Market, Amazon will be quality checking each application prior to its listing in the store, and the retailer will also be taking control over how apps are priced. Developers will be able to set "List Price" guidelines, but Amazon itself will be setting the retail price, much as it does with books and other products. Developers get 70-percent of the proceeds, but if Amazon decides to significantly discount their app or even make it free, they're guaranteed a minimum of 20-percent of their list price. Amazon's recommendations engine will also come into play, suggesting apps based on other downloads or even other products bought, and users will be able to browse apps via the web interface and send them to their phone (though they'll need to open the Amazon AppStore program on the phone in order to install the software). Payments will be through Amazon's One-Click system, though Android device users will need to allow "Unknown Source" installations to get the store up and running. [via TechCrunch]

Amazon waives $99 fee for developers first year

This week we posted the email that sent out to potential developers that contained the developer terms and conditions as well as their pricing structure for royalty fees. Well, good news for developers, this $99 fee has been waived.

More details surface on Amazon’s Android App Store via Distribution Agreement leak

While Amazon still has not made an official word of their plans stepping into the Application Market, an App Store Distribution Agreement has been sent out. The terms and conditions are pretty thorough and similar to what we heard a few days back. Among them, the royalties for app placement in the store is “equal to the greater of (i) 70% of the purchase price or (ii) 20% of the List Price.”

Developer agreement for Amazon’s Android app store leaks

Amazon's rumored Android App Store has had a shot in the arm this morning, with the suppose developer T&Cs leaking to SlashGear.  Although the store has not yet been officially confirmed by Amazon, the document does set out the various royalty details we've previously heard about, together with the retailer's DRM demands. For instance, while developers can choose whether or not to allow users of their apps to install them on one, more, or an unlimited number of devices, they don't get a choice as to whether or not to include the DRM.  Amazon also reserve the right to edit the original binaries, and to maintain copies even if the developer later opts out of the program.

Amazon Also Planning on releasing a tablet

Yesterday we covered Amazon’s apparent plans to venture into the App Store market, it was also said that they may be releasing a tablet soon after. Alongside the upcoming store will be a tablet release directly competing with the iPad, this of course, filling the gap that the Kindle has in competition with the famed Apple tablet.
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