Amazon’s Android Appstore (Tries) To Take Care of Business

So – the fabled Amazon Android Appstore (not App Store! That’s an App-le trademark!) is here. And almost as expected – these guys get the big things right, but the small things…

First thing you’ll notice -The Amazonian design. Besides the obvious branding elements, It is a much more effective design than Google’s. It is meant to generate sales. As soon as you open the store, you’re faced with credible alternatives – stuff you may well want to download, cause everyone else does. The screen space is used efficiently, and navigation is simple and easy. Very little innovation over, say iTunes, but also no clear disadvantages. The desktop web store is similar in approach, and not very far from the Amazon website that is so effective with retail shoppers in general.

The main attraction is a featured, “bonus” download, updated every day (i.e. a product that is usually not free being given away for free). Amazon takes care of business. To make an app store a business, you need paying customers. This requires people to have a payment method. That’s a hassle. That requires an incentive – give them something for free. But force them to connect a payment method to get the free stuff. Makes perfect sense. And gets me Angry Birds Rio for free. It also keeps me coming back every day for something else. Yes, it costs Amazon something. But probably not a lot. You see app developers have a great incentive to be providing these downloads for virtually (or literally) free – that day you were featured and provided as a free app, is going to put you very high in the Top Downloads chart – which will get you paid customers the following weeks (note the Top Downloads in the screenshot – yesterday’s free download, and today’s…). So even if Amazon pays virtually (or literally) nothing – it’s still a great deal. Everyone wins.

Caveat emptor – this also needs to work. The Appstore requires you to set up one-click mobile purchasing to get the download (as it should). However – no matter how many different ways I tried to do it, and despite the fact that all my info is shown, and my account shows mobile one-click purchasing activated (even when I connect on my desktop through a browser) – it still asks me again and again to “please add a payment mehod in your 1-click settings”. Now I am a loyal Amazon customer – Prime, Amazon Store Card and all that. My guess is that Amazon is not accepting its own store card on its own Appstore. Otherwise I don’t see how such a blatant bug could have slipped their people.

So – as expected, these people mean business, and know how to do it. They’ll have to cross a few t’s and dot a few i’s before they do, however.

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About nadavgur
The original mobile travel entrepreneur, I founded MobiMate, WorldMate and Mearket (still in stealth mode). I built the first PDA-based on-device-portal for travelers, extended it to the world's first mobile itinerary manager, and the first contextual mobile travel booking app. I write about topics and companies I am passionate about - travel distribution, mobile applications, finance applications and their social aspects. I am currently an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at SRI International working on a disruptive travel play using some serious technology.

2 Responses to Amazon’s Android Appstore (Tries) To Take Care of Business

  1. jessica says:

    I called Amazon Technical support today regarding the 1-Click payment settings for Amazon Store Cards. They do not accept them as payment in both the Digital Downloads and the new App store. Kinda silly if you ask me, they are doing their loyal Prime/Store card customers a grave disservice by limiting payment to only Bank issued credit/debit cards.

    • nadavgur says:

      Fully agree. But I expect it’s either an organizational thing (one unit doesn’t know what the other is doing), or even more likely a problem with GE Financial Services who provide Amazon with the Store Cards. I believe they cannot be used with Kindle either, so I expect they have a limitation regarding digital goods. Anyone from Amazon care to comment?

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