Amazon Appstore for Android Launch Soon: March 22?

It seems that the Amazon Appstore is about to launch with reports giving a date of Tuesday, March 22. We first heard about the Amazon app store for the Android platform back in September and it will have similarities to Apple’s iTunes Store as apps will be approved by Amazon reviewers, whereas the Android App Market has always allowed virtually any app.

If people are on the Amazon.com website they will be able to purchase the apps directly from there or they will have the option to do so using an Amazon app on an Android device, according to a report from Brian X. Chen over on Wired. Some people have concerns over the Amazon Android app store, feeling it will cause confusion with people muddling it with the Android App Market but at the same time the potential for the Amazon Appstore is vast, as the Google Checkout payment system is not as prevalent as the Amazon payment system across the world.

Wired also tells us that the Android News blog, referring to a leaked webpage of 48 apps, found some prices to be cheaper than the comparative apps in the Android Marketplace. Meanwhile Electronista is reporting that users of Android AT&T devices may have problems using the Amazon Appstore, as the carrier is “allowed to block apps that are not from Android Market.”

It will certainly be interesting to see how the Amazon Appstore fares in its early days and we wonder, in the long-run, whether it could even rival the iTunes Store. What are your thoughts on the Amazon Appstore? Will you be using it? Let us know with your comments.

  • Zack

    I will be using it the only problem is that I have at&t and will have to work around them trying to not let me sideload apps. Why won't they just let me do what I want.