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Amazon set to launch App store for Android

Apps will be tested and approved before sale

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Online retailing giant Amazon is planning to open an online app store for devices running on Google’s Android operating system.

The Amazon App Store will initially offer apps, or software applications, that run on Google’s Android mobile operating system, before offering apps for other mobile devices.

Unlike the 100,000 apps available from the Android Market, Google‘s online apps store, each app will be tested and approved before being unleashed on the public, Amazon said.

This testing and approach is similar to the one deployed by Apple’s iPhone Apps Store.

The maker of the iPad, iPhone and says all 300,000 apps sold through its App Store are tested and approved before being released for sale or to download.

Apple yesterday opened its own App Store for its Mac OS platform, allowing consumers to download approved free and paid-for software directly to their laptops or desktops.

Amazon expects to open its App Store later this year to US citizens before rolling out to rest of Europe.

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