The Amazon Appstore for Android Is Bad For Developers

The Amazon Appstore for Android opened with controversies over the name and is running smoothly. Though, the app store is not developer-friendly and raises serious concerns over the amount of control Amazon has over the store. Amazon rigidly dictates the pricing of apps on its app store. This has upset the IGDA as it is not in the developer’s best interest.


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Amazon has laid out in a clause that it will pay developers either 20 percent of the list price or 70 percent of the purchase price. Either way, Amazon is going to choose the lower of the two while paying. What is alarming here, is the discounted price Amazon wants to offer. According to another clause, if an app sells at a discounted price somewhere else, Amazon wants to lower the price of that app to that discounted price permanently. This marks an end to any weekend bonus you have been running.

Amazon is making one wrong move after another in its competition with the Apple Appstore. The IGDA expressed their concern over a letter to Amazon. It has written,

Amazon dictates that developers cannot set their list price above the lowest list price available or previously available on any Similar Service.In other words, if you want to sell your content anywhere else, you cannot prevent Amazon from slashing the price of your game by setting a high list price. And if you ever conduct even a temporary price promotion in another market, you must permanently lower your list price in Amazon’s market.

There are numerous such claims that are listed by Dean Takahashi on this page.

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Chinmoy Kanjilal

Chinmoy Kanjilal is a FOSS enthusiast and evangelist. He is passionate about Android. Security exploits turn him on and he loves to tinker with computer networks. You can connect with him on Twitter @ckandroid.