App Store

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]

Android Magazine banned from Apple App Store

As you probably know by now, Apple monitors which applications can go into the app store, and a lot of them get shot down before they are given a chance. The most recent app to get shut down wasn't some crazy, virus app, but merely a magazine app. You are probably wondering why a magazine might get shot down by apple, well it was the content of the magazine. No, it wasn't a porn magazine or anything else containing mature content, but one about Android!

HTC App Store in development tip insiders

HTC are tipped to be readying an App Store of their own, which would offer ebooks and applications according to the Financial Times' sources. According to a person with knowledge of the situation, HTC is apparently hiring content editors for an online store; that team will begin with a small number of Taiwan-based staff, but is expected to grow to around 100 people spread around the world. HTC will only say that the company is "growing very fast" and that it is "hiring for a variety of positions including marketers, developers, technical writers and many others. We are always exploring new areas we can add value to our customers but we can’t comment on our future plans." The latest version of HTC Sense, as on the Desire HD and Desire Z, includes the HTC Hub, a download-style store with various wallpapers, themes, ringtones and other content. [via Recombu]

Droid Incredible Update Available Now Via Rom, VCAST app included?

Just as Verizon announced it's App Stores availability coming to the DROID Incredible next week, we are made aware that the software has been available now for quite some time. The rooted ROM was built from a properly signed HTC Sense/Froyo OTA package. Included within the rom we see “system/app/VCast.apk” which we are expecting to be the actual VCAST app store. To check it out for yourself head over to XDA Forums for download links and instructions! Let us know what you find, as we will be digging through it as well! [Via XDA, DroidLife]

VCAST App Store Confirmed, Droid Incredible First to get it

We first heard word of the Verizon VCAST App Store a few months back. Since then many companies have also seen the need for their own Android application stores but it looks as if Verizon will be the first to officially launch their own. In a statement released today, Verizon not only confirms the VCAST app store, but also confirms it's availability for next week on the DROID Incredible. “Verizon Wireless will begin pushing a software update to the DROID Incredible next week. The update includes software enhancements that will pre-install V CAST Apps on the phone. We said earlier this year that we’d be expanding V CAST Apps to the Android platform, and the DROID Incredible is the first Android phone with the store. Developers continue to submit apps, and as a reminder, V CAST Apps allows carrier billing, so customers who purchase applications through our store will see those charges on their monthly bill. For more information about the update customers can go to www.verizonwireless.com/droidincrediblesupport.” This app store will not replace the Android Market on Verizon's Android devices it will only offer up a new way for users to get applications. And with Verizon's benefits for the program we can expect to see many developers to jump into the new market and put their apps up on the store. [Via DroidLife]

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.

Amazon also considering it’s own Android App Store

Similar to Verizon’s bold move it looks as it Amazon may be considering to launch it’s on App store on Android devices. To compete with Google’s own, and Verizon’s VCAST app store the Amazon app store will offer some perks to developers as well. The online retailer will allegedly pay a royalty “equal to the greater of 70 percent of the purchase price or 20 percent of the List Price.” This “List Price” is said to help protect Amazon against the developers offering their apps for cheaper on the other markets.

Verizon’s VCast App Store Launching by the end of 2010

Last week we heard word that Verizon was planning on releasing their own app store to include on all Verizon Android devices. Verizon is now accepting submissions for apps running on Android 2.2, and stated that the Verizon App Store will be available by the end of this year. We still do not know the motivation in releasing their own App Store that will directly compete with the Android Market but Verizon is all about control and an App Store to host their own VCAST apps must make sense to them.
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