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11 October 2010, 16:48

Amazon's Android store is taking shape

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The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) is convinced: Amazon plans to open a store for Android apps. The paper reports that the online vendor intends to keep a 30% cut of app sales and that developers will not be allowed to offer their apps at a lower price elsewhere. According to the WSJ, these details are contained in an Amazon document for developers. "Some developers" have reportedly also been approached by Amazon about the store.

At first glance, Amazon's attempt to create a further alternative to Google's Android Market seems to come as a surprise. However, with its large customer base and existing range of e-books, music and movies, the company has all the resources needed to create an iTunes-like store for Android and become the largest content supplier for Android devices.

American technology news site TechCrunch had already reported about Amazon's plans a few days earlier. The post says that Amazon's store will initially only be launched in the US. TechCrunch also says that, according to an anonymous inside source, Amazon and the store jointly plan to introduce a tablet PC.


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