Facebook tops Google’s own offerings to become most popular Android app

By on December 12, 2011 at 9:00 AM.

Facebook tops Google’s own offerings to become most popular Android app

Beating out popular own-brand apps like Google Search, Gmail, Google Maps and YouTube, Facebook holds the title as the most actively used Android app. Market research firm Nielsen on Monday published the findings of a month-long study to determine the most-used Android apps currently available for the platform. The study made use of Nielsen’s proprietary on-device monitoring software, which has been voluntarily installed by thousands of panelists across the country. Beyond the Android Market itself, Facebook was the most actively-used app on the Android platform over the past 30 days in all age brackets. Among users aged 18 to 24, Google Search was the second most used app in the firm’s new study with 77% of panelists having opened the app over the past 30 days. Gmail and Google Maps followed with 79% a piece, and YouTube slid in behind them with 64%. Following the suite of Google apps was Pandora Radio with a distant 30%. A similar study conducted by Nielsen in July found that Facebook was the third most popular app behind Google Maps and Gmail. Read on for more. More →

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Amazon tablet shipments could reach 3 million units in Q3

By on August 4, 2011 at 9:45 PM.

Amazon tablet shipments could reach 3 million units in Q3

Amazon’s manufacturing partner is expected to ship as many as 3 million tablets for the online retail giant this quarter, Taiwan Economic News reports. BGR exclusively reported this past May that Amazon is currently prepping two tablets for launch, a low-end dual-core “Coyote” and a high-end quad-core “Hollywood.” The former is expected to hit the market first and Amazon is preparing to make quite a splash, as it reportedly has ordered between 800,000 and 1 million units each month this quarter from manufacturing partner Quanta Computer. The new order estimates are up from the 700,000 – 800,000 units reported in May by DigiTimes. Foxconn is said to have landed the contract to manufacture Amazon’s high-end 10.1-inch “Hollywood” tablet, which is expected to start shipping next year. More →

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Plants vs. Zombies headed to Android, free for a day from Amazon

By on May 17, 2011 at 3:30 AM.

Plants vs. Zombies headed to Android, free for a day from Amazon

PopCap Games announced on Monday that it has reached an agreement with Amazon to offer Android games through Amazon’s Appstore. The first title, Chuzzle, will launch tomorrow and will be followed by the hit game Plants vs. Zombies later this month. Both titles will be free on the day of their debut, and will be available for $2.99 each thereafter. Each game will be exclusively available through Amazon’s Appstore for a two week period, after which they should also be available from the Android Market. We’ve played Plants vs Zombies on iOS a few times, and it’s definitely a game you’ll want to keep your eye out for. Plus, it’s free and there are zombies. It doesn’t get any better than that. Hit the jump for the full release from PopCap Games. More →

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Amazon prepping dual-core ‘Coyote’ and quad-core ‘Hollywood’ tablets for 2011

By on May 16, 2011 at 5:31 PM.

Amazon prepping dual-core ‘Coyote’ and quad-core ‘Hollywood’ tablets for 2011

We received word from a tipster that Amazon, practically confirmed to be entering the tablet market in the near future, isn’t planning just one device, but is planning on releasing at least two before the end of the year. Information is light, but we have been told that the “entry” level tablet, codenamed “Coyote” will be based on the NVIDIA Tegra 2 platform. The big boy? That’s codenamed “Hollywood” and will be based on the NVIDIA T30 “Kal-El” which will bring a screaming quad-core processor with a 500% performance increase over the dual-core Tegra 2. No word on screen sizes at this point, and we’re digging for more information, so stay tuned!

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Amazon CEO says ‘stay tuned’ for Amazon tablet

By on May 13, 2011 at 11:30 AM.

Amazon CEO says ‘stay tuned’ for Amazon tablet

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in an interview earlier this week to “stay tuned” for news on the company’s plans to release its own tablet. Bezos wouldn’t come out and confirm the tablet, but he took particular care in clarifying that such a device would not replace its popular line of dedicated Kindle eBook readers. “We will always be very mindful that we will want a dedicated reading device,” Bezos continued. “In terms of any other product introductions, I shouldn’t answer.” It doesn’t take Nostradamus to see where Amazon is headed with all of its recent product and service launches, of course. An Amazon-controlled Android app store, a new streaming movie and TV show service, Cloud Drive, Cloud Player, the Amazon music store, Kindle… it all adds up to a self-contained ecosystem that will allow Amazon to issue a complete package when it finally does release its first tablet. More →

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Amazon responds to Apple's 'baseless' app store lawsuit

By on April 26, 2011 at 3:43 PM.

Amazon responds to Apple's 'baseless' app store lawsuit

Amazon on Monday issued its response in court to a lawsuit filed last month by Apple alleging that Amazon’s use of the term “Appstore” infringes on Apple’s “App Store” trademark. Apple’s suit looks to bar Amazon from using the term alongside its new Amazon Appstore for Android. In its response, Amazon called Apple’s claims baseless and insisted that “app store” is a generic term. Amazon even cited Apple’s recent quarterly earnings call, where Steve Jobs himself uses the term to describe Google’s Android Marketplace. “So there will be at least four app stores on Android, which customers must search among to find the app they want and developers will need to work with to distribute their apps and get paid,” Jobs said while criticizing Android on the call. “This is going to be a mess for both users and developers. Contrast this with Apple’s integrated App Store, which offers users the easiest-to-use largest app store in the world, preloaded on every iPhone.” Amazon has also filed a countersuit in which it has asked the court to dismiss Apple’s claim, order Apple to reimburse Amazon for attorney’s fees, and decree that Amazon’s use of the term “Appstore” does not infringe on Apple’s trademarks. More →

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Zenonia 2 for Android available free from Amazon Appstore today

By on April 11, 2011 at 3:38 PM.

Zenonia 2 for Android available free from Amazon Appstore today

Today the popular role-playing game, Zenonia 2 is available for free on the newly launched Amazon Appstore. Zenonia 2 has been a staple on our phone since it launched earlier this year, and the latest version features four new playable classes including a paladin character, shooter, magician, and warrior. You’ll take your hero across 152 different maps on 98 quests — we love the sheer number of items that are available for your character along the way. If you’re looking for some old-school top-down RPG action with tons of great effects and enough action to keep you playing for hours, then hit the Amazon Appstore now. More →

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Amazon Appstore for Android goes live

By on March 23, 2011 at 12:07 AM.

Amazon Appstore for Android goes live

Amazon on Tuesday announced the launch of its new on-device and Web-based Android application hub, the Amazon Appstore. As a direct rival to Google’s own Android Market, the Amazon Appstore features a wide range of Android games and applications. Amazon is also touting the exclusive availability of Rovio’s new app, Angry Birds Rio. Free for a limited time, Angry Birds Rio is Rovio’s latest game for the Android platform and it features all new levels with the same great characters we know and love. “The Android platform’s openness provides a great opportunity to reach new customers,” said Rovio CEO Mikael Hed in a statement. “We are thrilled to offer the Angry Birds suite of Android games using the easy and trusted shopping experience that Amazon is known for.” The Amazon Appstore is available immediately on Android devices as a downloadable app and on the Web, accessible from any Web browser. Hit the jump for the full press release. More →

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Amazon’s Android Appstore may launch March 22

By on March 20, 2011 at 5:14 PM.

Amazon’s Android Appstore may launch March 22

Amazon’s new Appstore for Android devices could launch as soon as next Tuesday, March 22, according to sources speaking to Wired. Amazon publicly announced that it would be competing with Google’s Android Market back in January, and in an effort to draw users to its site, the company has plans to offer exclusive titles such as Angry Birds Rio. Wired’s source also suggested that users will be able to download apps not only from the web, but also from a mobile application. Just two days ago shots of the Appstore in action leaked, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see this launch date rumor come to fruition. More →

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Amazon Android Appstore spotted

By on March 17, 2011 at 11:48 PM.

Amazon Android Appstore spotted

Amazon’s answer to Google’s Android Market may be just around the corner. AndroidNews recently paid a visit to Amazon.com/apps and found a listing of Android applications, 48 in total, with prices. That address redirects to Amazon’s homepage now, but some screen shots revealed a snapshot of what we can expect when the store launches. When Amazon announced it was throwing its hat into the app store ring, we weren’t sure what it would do to differentiate itself, but it looks like offering exclusive app titles is going to be the game plan. Angry Birds Rio for Android, which will launch as an exclusive, wasn’t to be found, but others, such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: Force Recon, were listed. Those may be reason enough for us to check out the Amazon Appstore when it launches.   More →

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Angry Birds Rio for Android to launch as Amazon exclusive

By on March 14, 2011 at 9:39 PM.

Angry Birds Rio for Android to launch as Amazon exclusive

Rovio, the developer behind the wildly successful Angry Birds franchise, announced on Monday that its forthcoming Android title Angry Birds Rio for Android will launch exclusively in the Amazon Appstore. Amazon announced in January that its app store, which will rival Google’s own Android Market on the Android platform, was open for developer submissions. The exclusive deal with Rovio marks Amazon’s first major coup in the space, as the title is expected to be a wildly popular game for Android. “The Android platform has seen phenomenal growth, and it’s great that new avenues for app distribution are opening up,” said Rovio CEO Mikael Hed in a statement. “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.” Rovio also announced that ad-free versions of Angry Birds and Angry Birds Seasons will be available for the first time on the Android platform exclusively through the Amazon Appstore. Hit the break for the full press release. More →

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Amazon’s Android app store now open for developers

By on January 5, 2011 at 10:35 AM.

Amazon’s Android app store now open for developers

Later this year, Amazon will try to throw a monkey wrench into Google’s plans to be the sole on-device app distributor of importance on the Android platform. As of today, Amazon’s on-device portal is open to developer registrations and developer submissions and later this year, it will begin selling apps. It’s pretty easy to why Amazon would be interested in such an endeavor — selling stuff and taking a cut is hardly a new strategy for the online retail monster. Beyond combining “app store” into one horribly annoying word, however, we’re not sure what Amazon brings to the table with this endeavor. In the end, it’s like we are now in a time machine moving backward. The mobile app distribution market went form a scattered mess run by third parties to single on-device portals that simplified the process tremendously. Apparently that solution left too many hands out of the pot, however, and third parties like Handango, GetJar and Amazon will slowly try to work their way into the picture. But we’re not sure what their value proposition is, and without a reason for existing we may see them disappear as quickly as they show up. More →

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