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Amazon Appstore for Android Arrives

March 22, 2011

Amazon Appstore, Android, Launches

Online retailing giant Amazon's plans to launch its own app store for Android phones has come to fruition under a cloud of confusion and controversy.

The Amazon Android Appstore opened for business today and is offering users a free download of the latest iteration of the mega-popular Angry Birds game, Angry Birds Rio. However, it'll take some effort to get the Amazon Android Appstore on your phone, as it's not from Android's parent, Google.

Also, according to Reuters, Apple is suing Amazon over the use of the name "Appstore," which Apple contends is too close to its trademark App Store.

While the corporate giants need to battle that one out in court, it's not terribly difficult to enable Amazon's new Appstore on your Android phone. With just a few simple steps, you can take advantage of Amazon's free app per day, and a cache of nearly 4,000 apps that seem to be more carefully curated than the default Android App Store run by Google. Perhaps most interestingly, users can test-drive apps within their Web browser (using a Flash interface).

(Note: Android users on an AT&T plan are out of luck for now and not able to use the Amazon Android Appstore.)

Click here for a step-by-step guide on how to access the Amazon Android Appstore on your Android phone.

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