Amazon reduces its cut of Appstore revenue from 30% to 20%, effective last week, leaving developers with more revenue

Six months ago, Amazon announced that it would follow in the footsteps of Apple and Google by reducing how much revenue it keeps from Amazon Appstore purchases. Just 3 days from its self-imposed deadline of the end of the year, Amazon has made good on its promise by automatically reducing its cut of appstore revenue from 30% to 20% for all developers that earn less than $1 million a year. The improved revenue share rate for developers apparently started on December 22, 2021, but the second half of what Amazon is calling its Small Business Accelerator program, which will provide developers with free AWS promotional credits, won’t begin until sometime next year. Read more ›

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Mexico residents to gain full access to Amazon Appstore apps on November 1st — Including Downloader app

Amazon expanded the availability of the Amazon Appstore to include Mexico several years ago, but many apps have always been excluded. That’s because customers in Mexico did not have access to any apps that were not free or included any kind of in-app purchase. That included my Downloader app because, even though it is a free app, the in-app donation buttons have kept Fire TV users in Mexico from downloading the app. That finally changes on November 1st because Amazon is adding support for appstore payments in Mexico. On that date, most paid apps and apps with in-app purchases, including Downloader, will become available in Mexico.

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Amazon Appstore will make Android apps available on Windows PCs

Microsoft is revealing the next version of Windows today, Windows 11, and one surprise announcement is that Android apps will be available on Windows PCs via the Amazon Appstore. Amazon’s Appstore will be integrated into the Windows Store, where you’ll be able to browse and install Android apps directly. Read more ›

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Amazon Appstore will reduce its developer revenue cut from 30% to 20% and give 10% in Free AWS Credit

The Amazon Appstore has announced that it will be reducing its cut of developer revenue from 30% to 20% for developers that earn less than $1 million in revenue per year. The new terms, which Amazon is calling the Amazon Appstore Small Business Accelerator Program, will also provide developers with AWS promotional credit in an amount equivalent to 10 percent of the developer’s revenue if they earn less than $1 million in revenue per year. If a developer chooses to use those AWS credits, that brings their total Amazon Appstore revenue share up from 70% to an equivalent of 90%. Read more ›

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Amazon launches a new Appstore app for Android devices to replace Amazon Underground

Now that Amazon has shut down the Amazon Underground appstore that offered “actually free” apps, they’ve released its replacement in the form of a new Amazon Appstore app for Android devices. The new app is redesigned from the ground up with a more visually driven interface that is cleaner and simpler. Read more ›

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