Mar 15 AT 10:56 AM Taylor Wimberly 15 Comments

Amazon Appstore for Android celebrates one-year anniversary with a week of deals


Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Amazon Appstore for Android and they are celebrating with a week of deals on some of their customers favorite apps and games. To start off the deals, customers can now get Plants vs. Zombies for 67% off, that’s only $0.99.

“Customers have used the Amazon Appstore to test drive and buy millions of apps and games for their Kindle Fire and other Android devices in the first year alone,” said Aaron Rubenson, director of Amazon Appstore for Android. “To thank customers for shopping with us, we worked closely with our developers to offer special discounts on some of the most popular apps all week long.”

Tomorrow Amazon will announce two more app deals, followed by three deals on day three, and so on for the remainder of the week. Also starting today is the Amazon Appstore for Android Birthday Giveaway where they are giving away eight Kindle Fires to those who enter the sweepstakes by March 31st.

Amazon also took the time to share some interesting stats about year one of their Appstore.

  • Amazon Appstore has grown its selection nearly eight-fold since launch, from 4,000 apps to over 31,000.
  • In its first year, the most downloaded paid app in the Amazon Appstore was Cut the Rope, followed by Angry Birds (Ad-Free) and Where’s My Water?; the most downloaded free app was Angry Birds Free, followed by Netflix and Solitaire by MobilityWare.
  • Amazon Appstore offers a paid app for free every day. If a customer had downloaded every Free App of the Day since launch, they would have saved nearly $1,000.
  • The paid app with the most 5-star reviews in the first year of the Amazon Appstore was Where’s My Water?, with over 3,000; the free app with the most 5-star reviews was Blood & Glory, with over 4,000.
  • In the Amazon Appstore’s first year, customers spent more than 7,700,000 minutes test driving apps; Bubble Buster was the most test-driven app, followed by Amazon MP3 for Android with Cloud Player and Memory Trainer.
  • Over the past year, the most popular app category for customers is games, followed by entertainment and productivity. Some of the most popular apps include Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja, Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, QuickOffice Pro, CalenGoo and Exchange by TouchDown.

I still prefer the official Google Play Store, but Amazon’s store has been growing nicely over the last year and has some nice features like the Free App of the Day. If you have never tried it out, visit their get started guide for install help.

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