Friday, October 8, 2010

Apps, apps and more apps

Talk about a growth market! Amazon is now planning to go toe-to-toe with Apple and Google via an online applications store, all in an attempt to take advantage of the exploding growth in app sales for mobile devices. These plans would put Amazon in battle with Apple not only in the online music and book space but now in the app store as well.

Apple's app store now boasts 250,000 apps; Google's Android market has 80,000 apps. But, one advantage which Amazon has over Google is its payment relationship with millions of consumers. Apple has approximately 160 million registered credit cards and Amazon has about 80 million, giving them both an advantage on ease of purchasing.

Deepening this drama is news that Best Buy may enter this app space as well. According to the Wall Street Journal, Best Buy CEO Brian Dunn said that he would consider building an app store, although there apparently are no specific plans in place.

In other app news:

- The New York Times and Wall Street Journal plan to offer mobile apps for the new Samsung tablet.

- At the CTIA conference this week in San Francisco, executives from Nokia were using the show to win over developers to the manufacturer's Ovi mobile app store.

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