Amazon's Appstore for Android is now open for business in close to 200 additional nations across the globe, an expansion timed to coincide with the worldwide rollout of the digital commerce giant's Android-powered Kindle Fire HD tablet.
Amazon launched Coins, a new virtual currency designed to drive purchases from its Appstore for Android.
Amazon is extending its Appstore for Android to China, becoming the first Western company to offer premium-priced Android applications to consumers in the world's largest smartphone market. Rival Google Play's Chinese efforts remain limited to free Android apps.
Barnes & Noble is expanding Google Play support to its Android-powered Nook HD and Nook HD+ tablets, offering users access to more than 700,000 applications and games as well as millions of songs, movies and television programs. Nook owners were previously limited to downloading apps and content offered via the bookseller's own Nook Store.
Amazon is extending its Appstore for Android to close to 200 new markets, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, India, South Africa and South Korea, dialing up the pressure on rival Google Play.
Amazon is rolling out its Mobile Ads API beta, enabling third-party developers to integrate display advertising into their Android applications and games.
Amazon is introducing Coins, a new virtual currency designed to drive purchases of Kindle Fire-optimized applications, games and in-app goods available from its Appstore for Android.
A judge has ordered Apple and Amazon to hold settlement talks in an attempt to resolve their battle over the term "app store" before the case goes to trial this August.
Amazon scored a significant win against rival Apple thanks to a judge's ruling that Amazon's Appstore for Android is not being falsely advertised. Apple, in 2011, filed a lawsuit against Amazon to block the online retail giant from using the term "app store" for its Android application storefront. Apple argued that Amazon hoped to mislead users looking for Apple's own App Store.
Amazon is rolling out new push messaging capabilities enabling Kindle Fire application developers to alert their customers to software updates and new features.