Amazon.com is launching a tablet computer based on Google's Android platform and an application store to accompany it.
Amazon.com is launching a tablet computer based on Google's
Android operating system along with an application store to run software
programs on it.
Sept. 27 the application store, a rival to Google's Android Market, costs
$99 for developers to join.
Amazon will pay developers a royalty equal to the greater
of 70 percent of the purchase price or 20 percent of the list price of the app.
Applications, which will be available in the United States only
and can be displayed on Amazon.com, must include Amazon's digital rights
TechCrunch also snagged a telling quote about how
regimented the Amazon Android market will be:
"We have sole discretion to
determine all features and operations of this program and to set the retail
price and other terms on which we sell apps."
The blog later said
Amazon would release an Android tablet to compete with Apple's iPad, which
is making headway against Amazon's Kindle as a machine for electronic reading.
This meshes with reports
that Amazon had a lab where it
was building hardware devices in addition to the Kindle, which already sports
an Android e-reader app.
Amazon did not respond
to comment on either the tablet or app store as of this writing.
Both are intriguing possibilities. If Amazon is indeed
building an app store, it will join Verizon's new
V-Cast Apps store
for Android in competing with Google's own Android Market.
An Amazon tablet would be as loathed by Apple as it would
be welcome by Google, which fully expected several smartphones and tablets to
launch to support its Android platform.
However, it's unlikely Google expected other vendors to
set up their own application stores, using Android's open-source nature to
control the app experience.
Why would vendors do this? To provide an alternative to Android's
weak link. Officially, the Market only allows developers
to sell apps in nine countries.
Unofficially, ReadWriteWeb has found evidence that
Android Market's payment
Still, it's clear that Verizon and Amazon view
the expansion as too little, too late and seek to take matters into their own