The Store works as advertised, which might be bad news for Verizon's efforts.
Two big Google (GOOG) Android stores launched this week. Verizon(VZ) launched its VCast Apps for Android on the new Thunderbolt LTE Handset late last week and this morning, after a slight delay and a last minute trademark lawsuit by Apple, Amazon(AMZN) launched their Appstore.
Both claim to be a more curated app buying process. However, they are a study in contrasts. More
The full featured app signals the rise of Android in business.
Google's (GOOG) Android platform is starting to make significant inroads into businesses. One sure-fire indicator is that Bloomberg has released an Android app for their news readers on Google's smartphone platform. Android Bloomberg users were previously able to access their information via a mobile web interface but the new app is a "richer, more interactive, and engaging experience".
One unique (and MORESeth Weintraub - Sep 30, 2010 2:57 PM ET
This morning Amazon released a new Kindle Web interface, but their plans don't stop there if recent rumors are true.
It makes perfect sense. You can read your Kindle books on your iPad, your Kindle, your Android device and your PC or Mac with a dedicated app. Why not just make a Kindle reader for your browser? That will be a pretty important feature if Google's ChromeOS, which doesn't let users MORESeth Weintraub - Sep 28, 2010 11:42 AM ET
Pigs are flying over a frozen river of Hades.
In case you like Google (GOOG) for its AndroidOS but hate their search engine, Microsoft (MSFT) has built a Bing Search Engine. For now, like Skype, it is only available on Verizon's Android phones.
The Bing app has some interesting features that may or may not grab some customers:
The app homepage features the Bing image of the day, flickable back seven days
The image MORE
A bad day to invite customers to purchase products "from the convenience of their iPhone"
Tuesday was a busy day for Apple (AAPL). Very busy.
The company refreshed its Mac mini line. It started taking pre-orders for the iPhone 4. And it launched a free Apple Store app. According to the press release:
"The new Apple Store app makes it easy for US customers with an iPhone or iPod touch to find an MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 15, 2010 10:24 AM ET
Google's 'more open' application environment allows Amazon to build the bookstore into the app.
On the iPhone, you can read your Kindle books using Amazon's WhisperSync technology. Implementing it however, involved a bit of a workaround for Amazon.
If you want to buy an Amazon book on an iPhone (or iPad or iPod touch), you need to exit the Kindle application, open a web browser, and buy the book with your Amazon MORESeth Weintraub - May 18, 2010 1:22 PM ET
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