News by Andrew Kameka on Monday June 16, 2014.
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In a few days time, Amazon will confirm one of the longest running rumors in mobile - an Android-powered Amazon smartphone is on the way. But before the online retailer can release its 3D smartphone, it will have to make sure there's plenty of content to download for anyone who purchases the phone. To that end, Amazon today announced that the Appstore now has three times as many apps as it did one year ago.
The Amazon Appstore currently has 240,000 apps. That's an important milestone considering that Amazon's phone won't support the most popular and valuable app center on Android, Google Play. Like the Kindle Fire, Amazon's smartphone will not be a sanctioned Google product and will therefore be without the Play store that has more than 1 million apps and games available. Amazon has previously stressed that the number of apps don't matter as much as the quality of them, so the company focused on attracting big-name exclusives and convincing Android developers to upload their app to its store as well as Google's. Tripling the amount of apps available in one year shows the efforts have worked.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.