August 23, 2014

Amazon Android App Store in the Works?

Something very interesting popped up over at the Androidcommunity.com forums earlier today.  It could mean Amazon is swinging for the fences in terms of their involvement in Android, or it could mean very little.  The post refers to an email that a developer received regarding an “exciting opportunity within the mobile content space.”  The email went on to say that if the developer wanted any more information, they would have to sign and return a nondisclosure agreement to Amazon.

Now nondisclosure agreements are distributed by companies all the time and they need not be for something epic.  But we have a feeling that Amazon is developing their own Android app store.  As our own Chuck Falzone has pointed out in this recent article, is it unreasonable for the Android community to think that Amazon might release an app store for Android?  I have no problem believing in the possibility for all of the same reasons that Chuck points to in his article.  Some additional points were made in the Androidcommunity.com forum insisting that a little competition from a big name like Amazon would possibly “force” Google to clean up their act a little regarding the Market’s organization and overall user experience.

We all would like to see more from the current Android Market, and I especially call out us power users that have come to expect more from Google.  Is an Amazon app store the wake up call that Google needs to put more improvements in place? Maybe Amazon, in its current form, might just be better suited to execute an app store more eloquently.

We will keep you posted about these developer emails and whether they shed any light on what Amazon has in store for the Android community.

What do you guys think? Does Amazon need some devs to update the Kindle app, or do they need some to help them become a “gamechanger”?