Amazon “to launch Android app store”

Amazon is planning to open an applications store that runs on Google’s Android platform, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.


Amazon’s offering would compete with existing app stores from Apple and Google itself.

When asked for comment, an Amazon spokesman said via email: “We haven’t announced anything.” A Google spokesman said the company doesn’t comment on rumor or speculation.

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Amazon will offer app developers 70% of revenue from sales, the Journal reported, citing an Amazon document for developers. That revenue sharing arrangement is the same that Apple offers app developers for its platform.

Apple’s App Store has more than 270,000 apps, while Google’s Android Marketplace boasts more than 80,000.

Android has been quickly gaining popularity as a smartphone platform, and has begun to challenge Apple with consumers. Android is used on devices such as Motorola’s Droid and Samsung’s Galaxy S.

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