Amazon Appstore now offering paid apps in China, Google's Play Store is yet to do so

Amazon Appstore now offering paid apps in China, Google's Play Store is yet to do so
Amazon has made Google look a bit silly this week as it has managed to successfully launch the Amazon Appstore in China, with support for both free and paid applications. Meanwhile, Google is yet to start selling paid applications in the biggest emerging market there is.

China has one of the highest levels of app piracy and malware, but is this due to the nature of the market or the fact that those guys didn't have where to get their apps from? We guess we'll never know, but we do hope that Amazon's new offering will help bring those levels down. Interestingly, Amazon has said that it'll be working with local developers in order to add more apps to its Appstore, which is currently sporting a much smaller catalog than that of the Play Store. With the Amazon Appstore being the sole brand-name service offering paid apps at the moment, though, we can see a good number of Chinese developers jumping on a the bandwagon. Once again, Jeff Bezos has made an extraordinarily smart move.

via: SlashGear



1. funnyguy

Posts: 244; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

Amazon and Samsung > Google. Sorry google but this is the price you pay for not having the guts to directly compete with apple. Providing your Lagy Android open was a smart move but it will eventually back fire because is simply NO GOOD. Soon Samsung will provide their own apps, I use only samsung apps on my s4. I can not support Google because they support Piracy ....

2. romeoc1984

Posts: 25; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

You sir, are retarded, and your comment supports that.

3. britabroad

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 20, 2013

This article is NOT correct. Yes, Amazon have opened their app store in China, and yes it does show the paid apps(unlike Google play). But...paid apps still cannot be purchased from the Amazon app store in China. When I tried it prompted me with 'You are not eligible to purchase this app due to geographical restrictions'. Same as Google Play in other words. The only difference with Google Play is that it actually displays paid apps, but they still cannot be purchased. Bit of a difference.

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