March 17, 2011 at 11:24 AM ET
A sneak peek at the not-yet-live Amazon Appstore shows that the online megastore will compete head to head with Android Market on several apps, with some cheaper on Amazon.
A German blog, androidnews, discovered the store accidentally by typing in http://www.amazon.com/apps and found 48 app descriptions. Clicking on them led them back to the Amazon home page. The apps sneak peek was short lived — nothing shows up under that URL now except the Amazon home page.
But for the short time androidnews had access to it, it was able to create a spreadsheet that compared prices between the Amazon Appstore and the Android Market. It found 14 apps that were cheaper on Amazon, including Meteor Brick Breaker, Newsweek Mobile and Farm Frenzy. The savings aren't huge — from 4 cents to a high of $1.53 Vignette. But, it could add up for those who do buy a lot of apps.
One app that Amazon has already promoted as exclusive to its Appstore: Angry Birds Rio for Android.
The Amazon Appstore Developer Program has been online soliciting developers into its market, promising exposure to "tens of millions" of customers and waiving the $99 fee for the first year for those who join now. And, in a nod to the Apple process, will screen the apps for a week before approval, according to sources who gave the heads-up to Gizmodo.
We've reached out to Amazon to get the status of the launch, but have not received a response yet. In its developer FAQ, Amazon revealed it expects to launch later this year.
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