Amazon Android Appstore to hit UK while Microsoft Surface is housebound
Amazon are finally letting their Android Appstore loose in the wild, with Amazon chap, Jim Adkins saying: "We're excited to open the door to app sales outside the US. We see tremendous potential for developers to grow with the international expansion. We also encourage new developers to join."
Of course, the Appstore is one of Google Play's competitors, and Amazon have a tough job ahead of them seeing as Play comes pre-installed on most Android handsets.
However, with Amazon looking at new Kindle devices, the market might just be right for a cheaper-than-an-iPad-tablet. If the Appstore comes built in with new Kindles, then things could be pretty rosy for Amazon.
Meanwhile, Microsoft's Surface tablet is going to make its first tentative steps without connection to mobile phone networks, being WiFi only.
Ben Barjarin, an analyst at Creative Strategies, says: “The way that Microsoft is positioning this product - that it’s highly mobile but also has the functionality of a notebook - that customer might be more interested in working from any location and not being bound by Wi-Fi.” It would appear that the Surface won't have as good a battery life as the iPad, with sources saying that it'll give you 7 1/2 hours, which is less than the iPad’s current 10.