The Amazon Fire Phone is Amazon?s latest hardware venture and with a new phone comes a new operating system. The phone runs on a modified version of Google?s Android OS so technically, it?s not new but there are tweaks that need to be made so app developers will need to make the necessary adjustments in order for their apps to work on the said device. Time is ticking too as there is only 1 month before the release date.
If you?re interested in purchasing Amazon?s smartphone when it launches on July 25, the apps that come along with it can raise a concern. The good news is that many of the most popular mobile apps are set to be made available on the phone on launch day. The company announced that their new phone will have their own versions of Twitter, Facebook, Skype, Pandora, Dropbox, Instagram, Yahoo, Yelp, and Uber although they are still being developed as of the moment. The main difference between the Google Android OS and Amazon?s version is in the app store. Amazon will be relying on the Amazon Appstore which means that the full catalog of Android apps won?t be available to users.
Amazon is trying to avoid problems that were experienced by Microsoft and Blackberry when they experienced criticism and bad publicity when they launched new phone platforms but with a lot of major apps missing. Mobile developers have around 1 month to prepare and submit their apps if they want to be included in the Amazon Appstore on launch day. Apps that will be submitted on or before July 18 would be able to still make it onto the Appstore for July 25.
Aside from the apps mentioned earlier, a lot of other apps are in development like Candy Crush, Chase banking, Orbitz, Pinterest, Snowspin, Stage Dive Legends, SquareHub, StubHub, Terreria, The Walking Dead, iHeartRadio, Flixster, MapQuest, Mint.com, NBC News, USA Today, The Washington Post, wine app Vivino, WebMD, WhatsApp and Zillow.
It?s important to remember that although development work is being done on the apps, there is no guarantee that it will be available during launch day. Amazon though is confident that they will be.
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