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The Amazon Appstore is less than a year old, and still isn't officially available internationally. Despite this though, the latest report from app analytics company Distimo states that a good portion of Android developers are making decent money there. 

Of the top 110 apps appearing both in the Amazon Appstore and Android Market, the report claims that 42 of them are making more money from the Appstore. Additionally, 28 percent of the revenue from those top 110 came from the Appstore. 

The Appstore is also proving to be a popular place for paid applications. 62% of the apps are paid apps compared to just 32 percent at present in the Android Market. The Kindle Fire launch last year has played a massive part in the growth of the Amazon Appstore. 

Another interesting piece of information to emerge from this report regards Amazon exclusive applications. Distimo says that around 50 percent of Amazon's apps aren't present in the Android Market. While there isn't a clear definition on how many of these may be Kindle Fire versions of already established apps, it is still a surprisingly high percentage. 

Seems the future is bright over in the Amazon camp. There have been mixed reactions since it's inception over pricing and how Amazon controls it, and indeed how they handle compensating developers involved in the free app of the day. But it seems that there is money to be made by submitting applications to Amazon. And with their tighter control over what makes it into the Appstore, quality apps may find opportunities to shine through. Just imagine what could happen if the whole world could take advantage.

Source: GigaOM


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Amazon Appstore proving lucrative for developers, according to new report


Finally some good news about that App Store!

Personally I use it almost exclusively for the FAotD but that's at least partly because I live in Canada so I can't make purchases for actual money...the other part being the Android Market versions get updates 1st.

I usually buy apps from Amazon vs the market when they are available in both, generally just because my son has a Fire and I can install the amazon app store on whatever device I want. I also got burned by Google just removing an app that i had paid for from the Android market without any notice to me, needless to say that really irked me.

The one thing that really peeves me about Amazon though is complete lack of security, it's really easy to just go on a spending spree without any check and balances in their store. I've found their customer service though to be quite good in refunds when something is purchased that shouldn't be

I too have bought a few things on Amazon. (Sometimes they offer things on sale that are compelling enough.)

I too have also had Google yank an app that I bought (the developer was doing the whole discount for 5 star ratings in the market thing)resulting in the app freezing on startup and dumping you the market link asking for an update that wasn't there. I was left with no recourse but to buy an alternative app.

I understand that devs should be punished for trying to game the ranking system, but exacting the punishment on the paying purchasers seems like a very blunt instrument to do it with.

Anyway, I wish both the amazon and google stores offered more ability to control your downloads. Both stores harangue me daily to update a number of apps that I do not wish to update. I just have to continually ignore them in the update queue. Why can't I elect to turn those off directly in the market applications?


50% of the apps aren't available in the market? Seems wierd. When I browse it I find it to be a mirror of the market. It got to the point that I didn't even open it except for the app of the day. And now I don't even have it installed.

didnt know amazon had an app thought their app store was for "kindle fire" versions only.....

whatre the advantages/disadvantages of purchasing using their app store vs regular android market

One big advantage for me is that both my wife and I have android phones with different google accounts. However, we only have one Amazon account. If we buy our paid apps on the amazon account we can both install them to our phone yet still use our separate gmail account.

A fix for that is make a google account for both to use. I made an account for us to share our google music and calendar with. But I suppose the market would work too.

Nowhere in that article does it state that applications will be pulled. The article talks about how a publishing group will not sell eBooks for Kindle due to a pricing disagreement. That isn't Amazon's fault, that is the publishers decision to no longer sell the books they own given the terms Amazon has set. If you bought those books prior to being pulled you still have access to them on your Kindle device/app and in your Amazon digital locker regardless if they aren't sold anymore.

This isn't the case with the Android Market that has pulled applications people pay for without the ability to re-install them.

Amazon also happens to be one of the only retailers to level the playing field in digital purchasing in terms of pricing from levels originally set by Apple.

Honestly, I trust Amazon a lot more than I do Google, especially with all the privacy issues they have had lately. I would be interested in hearing more as to why you think they are a bad company to do business with.

I only use the Amazon App Store for the FAotD. It will never be an option for me until they do 2 extremely simple things

1. Remove (or give me the option to clear) the stupid list of EVERY app I've ever downloaded. I don't need to see the game I downloaded 6 months ago, played once and deleted.

2. Changelog.

#1 used to be the bane of my existence, but it has been available for some time now. From Amazon's help page:

How can I delete an app from the My Apps list?

Visit Your Apps from a web browser. Select "Delete this app" from the "Actions..." drop down menu to the right of the app you'd like to delete. Confirm you'd like to delete the app and your app will be removed from the My Apps list on all Android devices registered to your account. If the app has been downloaded to a device, it will have to be manually uninstalled.

Hope that's helpful!

Glad to help! (pretty sure that was my first comment ever on this website) I remember searching for an answer to this initially and thinking "wait, what?! What do you mean there's no way to do that?!"

Even worse, it's not like Amazon made it easy to find or said "you can't do this" anywhere. They just didn't address it at all!

Wow, thanks! It's been awhile since I looked at trying to do it. It's still annoying to have to do it for all 83 apps, but at least it's there now.

I change my original post to

It will never be an option for me until they do 1 extremely simple thing

1. Changelog.

That article is clearly biased and skewed towards Apple. The fact that only 19 of the apps are the same makes the comparison invalid.
I'd like to see a comparison of the top 100 overall apps that are on both Android and iOS. That would be much more meaningful, and I imagine that the cost of Android apps in that comparison would be MUCH lower since Android has far more free apps that iOS.

Before touting me a fanboy of iOS, I also own and use a Nexus S 4G with Pete Alfonso ICS. I am just replying to the comment in an honest perspective how I read this blog.

"In the U.S., for example, the cost of purchasing the top 100 paid-for apps in the Android Market is $374.37 -- an average of $3.74 per app. The top 100 iPhone apps would cost $147.00, or $1.47 per app."

To me...this is saying they polled the top 100 selling paid apps on both markets and averaged the price. I don't see anything biased here.

Also this is a valid point.
Apple's more mature, controlled retail environment, which allows in-app purchases and drives app price competitiveness.

I see this more on iOS then on Android, although it is becoming more popular on Android. I can find the app cheaper, but it becomes costly in the end after purchasing the in-app offers.

Then this...
More aggressive price competition around Android apps would help to encourage more consumers to make their first app purchases, drive greater download volumes, and ultimately be good for the vibrancy of the app ecosystem.

Anybody remember the comments on what Google was trying to accomplish with the .10 app promotion. They wanted to get more people activating Credit/Debit cards to use in the market and make consumers more open to purchase apps.

Curiously, there is little overlap between Android Market's best-seller list and the App Store's. Only 19 apps appear on both top 100 lists. And when they do, they are often priced quite differently.

To me all this is saying is that only 19 apps (paid) overlap each other in the top 100. And when they do, they are priced differently.

This article is about consumer confidence when purchasing an app, and how they are priced. Not about free vs paid.

You both are missing the point of the blog. Take the blinders off and read it with open mind.

It says it right in the first sentence when it starts comparing.

"The cost of purchasing the top 100 paid-for apps"

I don't understand why this is getting overlooked. Or explain why you both find biased about this. It's a great discussion because I use both OS's.

You're missing the point. Unless you are comparing the same apps, it's not a good comparison. It has nothing to do with blinders, preferences, biases, etc.
Look at some of the more expensive apps on Android top paid. They are mostly apps that not only are not available on iOS, but would never be available (ROM mgr, Titanium, root tools...). All tdizzel was saying (that I agree with) is if you want an accurate comparison, only use apps available on both platforms. If the results are the same, I will succeed the point.

I agree with you there. I guess the other variable that could be considered for the Android Market as well, is how many apps that are comparable with Apple are bumped off the top 100 because of apps requiring "root access". The average consumer doesn't even require 3 of the top 10 as shown right now.

I'm not missing the point at all. They found a statistic that favors Apple and blogged about it. Period. Its not a fair, just or valid comparison about the overall costs of apps in each ecosystem. It only looks at the top 100 paid for apps, completely ignoring that there are magnitudes more free apps on Android than iOS. it also ignores the quality of the apps. If the Apple apps they surveyed a $1 games, and the Android apps are more expensive because they are more robust and functional and allow you do do more with your phone,then it skews in Apples favor because it is looking only at price when perhaps the Android apps are just better programs. That might not be the case, but in this article there is no way of knowing. There are a few ways to make this info useful. They could list the apps and their functions so we know if they are comparing similar types of apps. like I mentioned earlier, they can compare the top 100 apps that are on both ecosystems. Or they could list the average price of all apps. But instead, they simply looked at one stat that makes it look like Android is just a more expensive system to own and they ran with it.
That's why it is biased.

As stated right above this. I see that point. There are some short comings in iOS I agree. Example Dropbox. On iOS only pics and videos can be put in the folders. Although they are both free, the magnitude through permissions is different. Also I think root permission is a very large factor as well when it comes to what is purchased in both markets. Right now I am enjoying iOS, mostly because the apps "just work." However, I also enjoy the hell outta my Nexus S because I love the integration with all the cloud services and the ability to have the phone do what I "need" it to do. They both have strengths and weaknesses. And honestly I couldn't tell you which one is better because to the power user or more informed user they both serve a great purpose.

I'm sorry but I like to support the ecosystem of the company that actually updates, supports and you know CREATED the OS... that's who my money goes to.

if they were to update their apps regularly like Market does it would be somewhat ok to have. I have a few apps I've downloaded and purchased but the Android Market has the same app but newer version and a CHANGELOG......

Ever since they upgraded their app it just sucks up memory and battery. Its slow and cheesy.

I'll stick with Market.

I just hate the update notification spam. I wish Amazon would give a toggle to shut that garbage off. I am notified almost daily of updates to apps I don't even have installed...

I have never had a notification about something not installed. And as for update notifications on things installed, the Google Marketplace does that too.

I don't understand your complaint.