We told you yesterday that Amazon could be launching their Android Appstore today, and as planned it is now live. Android users can also get Angry Birds Rio free on launch day.
Tricia Duryee from All Things Digital is reporting that Amazon has been recruiting developers and convincing them of the venture. To start with there will be 3,800 applications available for Android owners to download, either online or from a version on their handsets.
Amazon are not new to selling digital downloads as they already have e-books and music available, but working with developers will be a new venture for the online retailer. At launch there will be applications available from some big names including Gameloft, Glu Mobile, and Handmark.
Amazon to start with will have nowhere near as many apps available compared to Apple’s App Store, but Amazon is trying to make a statement with quality. The store launches today offering users an exclusive version of Angry Birds which is based on the movie Rio.
We told you yesterday that this new version seems to have improved graphics compared to previous offerings. After today Angry Birds Rio will cost $0.99.