Amazon's bid to earn money by making an Apple-like curated version of the Android Marketplace seems like a potential winner for Android users. But according to a prominent game-developer association, Amazon may be applying unfair restrictions to software partners.
Apple's app store may be market-leading, but Google's Android system is fast closing in, thanks to the sheer number of different Android phones on sale. But is Android's app market actually a safe or successful place under Google's management?
Apple touts its app store as being one huge advantage for its iPhone and iPad systems over competitor's offerings. And you'd think a store with 200,000-plus articles on sale would be a screaming financial success, yes? Nope.
Acer, sensing the end of the netbook phenomenon, is to release its own tablet PC, app store, and e-reader sometime this year. Leaping aboard these crowded tech bandwagons will certainly diversify Acer's business, but might be a bad move.
Intel's boss Paul Otellini has now revealed what may be Intel's biggest secret weapon in the battle for PC dominance this year: An App Store. It's called Intel AppUp Center, and it's now open as a beta test version.