Amazon Appstore for Android has reached its first birthday today, with the company offering a week of deals for customers and revealing the store's current total of 31,000 apps. Several of the Appstore's most popular apps are on sale, including Plants vs. Zombies, Fruit Ninja, Monopoly, Pac-Man, and Tetris. A number of developers point to the Kindle Fire as the driving force behind the success of the Appstore.
"It's been an exciting first year in the Amazon Appstore and we look forward to many more," said Andrew Stein, director of Global Mobile Business and Products at PopCap Games, Inc. "All of our games, including the megahit Plants vs. Zombies, have done extremely well in the Amazon Appstore, for both Kindle Fire and other Android devices; it's a testament to the great Amazon Appstore shopping experience resulting from its user-friendly design and comprehensive catalog."
"We expected that the Amazon Appstore would be a success and it's been evidenced in the growth of the revenues since the launch," said Adam Flanders, senior vice president of Sales & Marketing at Glu Mobile, Inc. "We have seen revenues from Amazon grow by over 1,000 percent in the four months since the Kindle Fire launched alone, and Blood and Glory recently reached the #2 spot in Top Selling Games. Glu is thrilled with the momentum behind Kindle Fire and the Amazon Appstore's strong platform, global customer base, and exceptional merchandising capabilities."
Amazon has also released a list of the top Paid and Free apps on the store. The company mentioned that "millions" of apps have been sold, but it has not given a specific number.
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)
Top Free Apps (over the last 12 months)
1. Angry Birds Free
4. Fruit Ninja Free
5. Angry Birds Seasons Free
6. Bubble Buster
7. Little Piano Free
8. Roller Lite
10. Hangman Free