Amazon Appstore celebrates first birthday, now hosts 31K apps


A year ago Amazon boldly launched a direct competitor to what was then known as the Android Market with a modest selection of around 4,000 apps. Twelve months later the service is celebrating its first birthday and solid growth to what now amounts to over 31,000 applications and games. To commemorate the occasion a sale is now taking place that will feature the store’s top-selling apps, including Fruit Ninja, Splashtop Remote Desktop, and Wolfram Aplha among others.

Starting today, Plants vs. Zombies is on sale for 67 percent off. The number apps on sale increases each day for the next week (day two will feature two apps, day three will feature three apps, and so on). Additionally, Amazon is running a contest with eight Kindle Fire’s up for grabs for those that enter before March 31st.

So of the millions of apps downloaded, which ranked highest in the Appstore? Here’s the full list.

Top Paid Apps (over the last 12 months)

  1. Cut the Rope
  2. Angry Birds (Ad-Free)
  3. Where’s My Water?
  4. Angry Birds Rio (Ad-Free)
  5. Angry Birds Seasons (Ad-Free)
  6. Plants vs. Zombies (Kindle Fire Edition)
  7. Fruit Ninja
  8. SCRABBLE (Kindle Fire Edition)
  9. UNO (Kindle Fire Edition)
  10. TETRIS

Top Free Apps (over the last 12 months)

  1. Angry Birds Free
  2. Netflix
  3. Solitaire
  4. Fruit Ninja Free
  5. Angry Birds Seasons Free
  6. Bubble Buster
  7. Little Piano Free
  8. Roller Lite
  9. Jewels
  10. Hangman Free

Another fun fact revealed by Amazon highlights the savings of their Free App of the Day promotion. If a user were to have downloaded each app offered free of charge the savings would have amounted to nearly $1,000. That’s a lot of extra dough in the pocket.

[via TechCrunch]

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  1. I rather still download apps from the Google Play Store, try 450,000+ apps

    1. Good luck with that.
      For me as customer it’s every times better to have more options

      1. Yeah and let them screw developers over with not paying them outright when their apps go for free. Amazon should stay in one place..which is last place.

  2. A year later, it’s still slow, awkward and cannot properly detect apps you installed from a different store.  Come on Amazon!

    1.  And turning off notifications still gets you notifications…

      And slow is an understatement.

      Not to mention the Windows Marketplace has 60K apps, but at least the Amazon Market is easy to navigate online and search results are accurate.  The Windows Marketplace is a disaster to find an app unless you know the exact name.

      1. Yup, I still get notifications as well even though I turned them off as well.  You’d think they would invest a little more in improving the client.

        1. same happened to me. but when flashing roms and having to reinstall it, now turning off the notifications actually does keep them off. inconvenient but i hated those notifications.

          1. Thanks for the tip.  Just uninstalled/reinstalled it.  We’ll see if that fixes the notifications.

  3. Savings of nearly $1,000 but the majority of the free app of the day apps are junk, or maybe duplicates (how many kids painting programs have they had?). So in reality, nobody in their right mind would have ever bought them all. It is a useless statistic.

    Likewise look at the top paid apps…a lot of those were free app of the day. Cut the Rope, Where’s My Water, Angry Birds Rio for sure.

  4. A much more interesting statistic would be the average money spent in the store per user, or the average amount of apps bought per user with the average amount of free apps downloaded (including free app of the day)

    I want to know how many other people like me (or like how I used to be when I still had access to the store) just visited the amazon appstore for the free-app of the day and nothing more

  5. happy Birthday! Keep doing great job!

  6. Amazon ftw. Our brother from another. Gooo amazon.

  7. Congratulations to Amazon Appstore. 1 xenophobic year old. I was hoping they would celebrate their birthday by letting some of the other 6.7 billion people on the planet come along for the party. Alas they resorted to an app sale and a competition. Way to go Amazon.

  8. Free PvZ (last year)!!! Thanks!!!

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