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Amazon to offer HTML5 apps in its Appstore

August 07, 2013|By Salvador Rodriguez

Amazon said it has begun accepting HTML5 apps for its Appstore, becoming the first major online store to distribute the browser-based software that can be used on multiple operating systems.

The online retailer announced that it will offer HTML5 apps alongside its Android-based apps, making them readily available to its Kindle Fire tablet users.

The move could help accelerate the adoption of HTML5 apps, which have the benefit of being able to run on most smartphones with a Web browser. But the issue with those apps is that there is not one central store where users can go to easily find them.

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Amazon says its Appstore can solve that problem.

"Starting today, you can submit your web apps and mobile optimized web sites and have them merchandised alongside native apps on Amazon and Kindle Fire in nearly 200 countries worldwide," Amazon said in a blog

Additionally, the Seattle-based company said it has optimized its Kindle Fire tablets so that HTML5 apps will run as smoothly as native apps, which are installed on the phone.

And as far as money goes, the company said developers can also adjust their apps to accept in-app purchase that can be handled by Amazon. 


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