My name is Stephen and currently an IT Professional doing administration and support, however I've always had a deep passion for software development. I've started mobile application development when I got my first Android phone in October 09. This blog catalogues all my progress with creating mobile apps for not only Android, but eventually iPhone, Blackberry and Windows Phone 7. Hope you enjoy.


Amazon Appstore

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I am now officially on the Amazon Appstore.  A few months ago I signed up because Amazon was offering to wave the $99 annual fee for the first year and then just uploaded High Low Red Black.  Recently, fueled by the success of Floating Widget, I decided to configure my Amazon developer account to allow paid apps and have uploaded both Floating Widget and Video Poker Assistant.

One of the benefits from a developer standpoint is that the Appstore can be installed on any Android device.  Most of you may not realize this, but there are tablets/phones out there with Android and no Google apps (like the Play Store) due to licensing or what not. The Amazon appstore maybe the best alternative for those users.  Not to mention the Kindle Fire is one of those devices, aka the most popular Android tablet.

One of the benefits of the Amazon appstore from an end user point of view is that Amazon offers a Free App of the Day promotion where every day a paid app is free!

I have submitted Video Poker Assistant for consideration in the program and hope I get picked, some reports I saw were simply mind blowing.  Over 50,000 downloads that day and if I understood Amazon's FAQ properly, those free downloads still  earn the developer money.  Here's hoping I earn at least $99 by next year so I can keep my account active not at a loss.

Also a Floating Widget update is coming very soon, a new UI and a new feature.  It's being tested now.