Amazon Coins branch out to all Android devices

Amazon customers in the US, the UK, and Germany can now earn, buy, and spend Amazon Coins via their Android phones and tablets.

Previously available just for Kindle users, Amazon Coins were minted last year as another form of virtual currency but one good only on Amazon. The retail giant introduced the online coins as a way to coax customers to buy apps, games, and in-app items from the Amazon Appstore. Shoppers can get discounts when they buy the coins in bulk and earn coins through certain apps.

Android users who want to check out Amazon Coins need to download the latest version of the Amazon Appstore onto their mobile device. … Read more

The easiest way to install Android apps on BB10

BlackBerry 10, all jokes aside, has an impressive feature of being able to run Android apps. Initially, however, the process of getting Android apps up and running on a BlackBerry 10 device was anything but simple.

The process required users download the Android app (APK), convert it to a BlackBerry 10 compatible file format (BAR) and then install it through the command line, or as Brian Bennett walked us through, using a Chrome extension.

Just this week BlackBerry released an update to BB10, bringing the ability to install Android apps directly on the device, with no conversion or fancy networking … Read more

Get two $5 credits from Amazon

Now that you've blown all your money on holiday gifts for friends and family, I come to you today bearing one sweet freebie and one sort-of freebie.

For starters, do you have an Android-powered phone or tablet? You probably do most of your app shopping via Google Play, but there's another option: Amazon Appstore.

Why bother? I can think of five good reasons: Amazon is offering a $5 Amazon Appstore credit when you install the Amazon Appstore app. (Oh, it does too make sense; go back and read it again.)

So, for example, if you have a Motorola … Read more

Amazon wants customers to gift Amazon Coins for games, apps

Amazon's app store customers can now buy Amazon Coins, the store's virtual currency, as gifts, the company announced Thursday.

When customers purchase a bundle of Amazon Coins as a gift, Amazon will notify the gift recipient through e-mail. The coins are normally priced at one cent per coin, but Amazon is adding a slight discount for bundles to encourage gifting. Bundles currently range from $4.80 for 500 coins to $90 for 10,000 coins. The promotion ends January 5.

It's a way for Amazon to use existing Appstore customers to attract new ones. The company recently … Read more

Google reveals new colorful Chromebook

CNET Update colors your world:

This episode of Update takes a close look at Google's latest laptop, the HP Chromebook 11, selling now for $279. As the majority of our work and play shifts to Web apps, Chrome is a affordable option for a modern computing lifestyle -- especially for students.

Update also takes a look at Nest's latest product in building a smarter home, the Nest Protect, an app-powered smoke detector. And Kindle Fire tablet owners can score some free credits by downloading select apps.


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Amazon offers perks to customers who buy certain apps

Amazon will give you credit -- in the form of Amazon Coins -- if you buy apps from the company's new Appstore Developer Select program.

The effort is Amazon's latest to kickstart its app store, as it looks for ways to encourage developers to make better tablet apps.

The program, which Amazon rolled out Tuesday, asks developers to build their apps specifically for newer Android tablets, such as Amazon's Kindle Fire line. In exchange, Amazon will promote those apps, featuring them in a special section of its app store to increase the chances consumers will buy them. … Read more

1-click this: Amazon lets you buy real things via any Android app

Your favorite dessert app just surfaced a sure-fire cronut recipe, but your in-laws never returned your trusty mixer. If you got that app via Amazon, though, you may be able to quickly purchase a new appliance within the app while you're still thinking about it.

Sorry, it probably can't help you with your in-laws.

Amazon announced Tuesday that users can now buy physical products through Android apps with the retail giant's 1-click purchase feature. And the e-commerce kingpin is hoping it will encourage you to buy more and buy often.

"If it's an app that … Read more

Amazon adds HTML5 Web-app support for Kindle Fire, Android

Amazon is making it a bit easier for Web developers to bring their applications to mobile devices.

The company on Wednesday announced that its Appstore now supports HTML5 Web apps. According to Amazon, Web developers can port their Web apps directly to Amazon's Appstore without any additional coding. From there, the application is made available to Kindle Fire and Android users through Amazon's Appstore.

To make the offering a bit more appealing to developers, Amazon is also allowing them to access its In-App Purchasing API for JavaScript. By using that, developers can incorporate the sale of digital goods, … Read more

Amazon expands its Android Appstore to China

Amazon is aiming to rival Google in China by launching its own Android app store for Chinese consumers.

Unveiled over the weekend, the Chinese version of the Amazon Appstore provides both free and paid apps, Reuters reported Monday. Google Play stocks only free apps for Chinese users, which makes Amazon the first Western tech company to set up a store for paid Android apps in China.

Amazon may now have a leg up on Google. But the retail giant must also square off against local sites in China, many of which offer paid and free apps. Some of the apps … Read more

Amazon's Appstore expanding to nearly 200 countries

Amazon's Appstore is about to grow awfully big in a short amount of time.

The company today announced that developers can now submit applications to its marketplace for nearly 200 countries. The new entrants to the company's Appstore include Australia, Brazil, Canada, and Vatican City.

Before developers get too excited, it's important to note that the apps won't be available in those countries just yet. Instead, Amazon is asking that they be submitted to its marketplace in anticipation of the Appstore's launch in those countries "in the coming months."

Amazon has been slowly … Read more