Aggrieved Apple argue with Amazon over Android app store
Amazon is attempting to cash in on the multi-billion dollar world of apps, with the launch of the Amazon appstore. Itlls be a store for Android apps (since Apple won't share) and it's due to be available from this morning, at least in the US (no word on UK availability yet, dammit).
As well as downloading apps from the site straight to their handsets, customers will be able to test-drive apps in their browser. There'll also be an "App of the day" feature, which will see Amazon pick a paid-for application and offer it for free for 24 hours.
It all sounds very exciting. The only fly in the ointment is Apple, which at the eleventh hour has decided to sue Amazon. “Amazon has begun improperly using Apple’s App Store mark in connection with Amazon’s mobile-software developer program,” Apple stated in the complaint filed on Friday.
“Amazon has unlawfully used the App Store mark to solicit software developers throughout the United States. We’ve asked Amazon not to copy the App Store name because it will confuse and mislead customers,” said a spokesperson. It looks like the dispute will go to court, too; according to Apple, they've contacted Amazon three times concerning the matter and are yet to receive any response. Hardball.