Amazon Appstore for Android Celebrates First Birthday with a Week of Discounts

Paul Lilly

App stores grow up quick, don't they? Amazon's Appstore for Android launched a year ago on March 22, 2011, and in the seven days leading up to its first birthday, popular paid apps will be sold at deep discounts, starting with Plants vs. Zombies, an addicting tower defense game everyone has either already played or at least heard of. If you fall into the latter category, now is your chance to see what all the fuss is about, as it's available for $0.99, 67 percent below it's normal selling price of $2.99.

Other discounts will follow and will include titles such as Fruit Ninja, Wolfram Alpha, Splashtop Remote Desktop, Dr. Seuss's The Shape of Me and Other Stuff, TuneIn Radio Pro, Tetris, Pac-Man, The Lost City, Monopoly, AccuWeather Platinum, Jamie Oliver's 20 Minute Meals, and more. Tomorrow Amazon will announce two app deals, on day three it will announce three app deals, and so on.

"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."

Amazon's Appstore for Android now has over 31,000 apps, fairly modest compared to Google Play and Apple's App Store, but it's growing fast. At launch, there were only 4,000 apps, which means Amazon has grown its Appstore eight-fold in the past 12 months.

In case you're wondering, Cut the Rope ranks as Amazon's top paid app over the the past year, and Angry Birds Free tops the list of free apps.

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