If you love those birds and hate those pigs like we do, you will be pleased to hear that an all-new installment of the quirky bird pack is coming soon. The Android version of Angry Birds Rio, the follow up to the smash hits Angry Birds and Angry Birds Seasons, will launch exclusively in the Amazon Appstore.
What does this mean for you?
More traffic, more customers! The Angry Birds franchise has been downloaded over 100 million times – the Android installed base is over 30 million . When we launch the Amazon Appstore, we will be teaming with Rovio to drive those customers to the store - which means more traffic to the Amazon Appstore and more customers for you.
In preparation for our store launch, we launched the Amazon Appstore for Android Facebook page and @amazonappstore Twitter handle today. We’ll use these communication vehicles to engage customers, and we encourage you to Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to stay abreast of our consumer-focused messaging. We will continue to post developer-centric news you can use on this blog and the @amznappstoredev Twitter handle.
The Amazon Appstore is launching very soon. If you have not yet submitted your app, we encourage you to do so now to ensure your product is ready for launch!
If you’ve ever shopped on Amazon.com, you’ve likely seen items show up throughout the site based on what you recently browsed or purchased, as well as what other customers have browsed or purchased. The same thing will be true for apps – they will show up on Amazon.com based on algorithms (which are based on customer behavior).
Let’s take a look at three of the automated placement types and how they work:
Out of the gate, your app will show up in search results across Amazon.com. That’s the no-brainer. Amazon has also come up with quite a few algorithms that display items relevant to the browsing customer – meaning, we deliver a more targeted audience to developers and vendors. Simple, right?
Browse based results:
On the Amazon.com homepage we’re constantly striving to help customers find what they’re looking for. To do this, we often present items that are similar to what a specific customer has been browsing, or what’s in their cart or on one of their lists.
We present these items in sections such as “More Items to Consider,” “New For You,” “Related to Items You’ve Viewed,” and more:
Throughout the site, we also display items based on other customers’ past purchases. Here’s where it gets interesting. Let’s say I buy an Android tablet from Amazon’s tablet store. Then I visit the Amazon Appstore and download the IMDb app, the Audible app, and a few games. When another customer is looking at the Android tablet in Amazon’s tablet store, they may see the apps I downloaded in a section called “Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought”:
Other places your app may show up include “What Do Customers Ultimately Buy After Viewing This Item?”
As the name implies, this shows what customers browsed and then actually bought.
Another interesting spot is Bestsellers within the Amazon Appstore. We will be displaying Bestsellers separated by “Free” and “Paid” apps to make it easy for customers to find what they’re looking for. This also helps avoid “Paid” apps getting buried under all of the “Free” apps that may be downloaded more often because they’re free.
We’re constantly striving to make the customer experience easy and to help vendors and developers get more than just a spot in a store.
Stay tuned for more great ways to get your app(s) exposure.
Last week we talked about what a detail page looks like over the fold in the Amazon Appstore for Android. This week, we’re going to dive into what customers see when they scroll down. Before we talk about what’s under the fold, here’s a look at the Airport Mania: First Flight app detail page over the fold.
While the first thing most customers see when they’re looking at apps is the title, icon, and price, what cinches the deal is often what’s in the details. So what does this mean for you? The content under the fold is invaluable in helping customers make decisions about what to buy/download and what to skip. It’s important to provide details including images and appropriate descriptions that show what your app can really do.
There are 5 key components of a detail page “below the fold.” The first two are are:
1. Product Details
2. Product Features
This is the “just the facts ma’am” section where we bottom line what the customer is getting, ASIN (Amazon Standard Item Number - this is your unique Amazon app ID similar to what a barcode is for products in stores), dates of note, and average customer rating. You’ll see we encourage customers to tell us what they think.
Here’s where we bottom line what your app is all about – we take this information directly from what you put into the Developer Portal, so it’s important to list accurate, helpful features. If a customer doesn’t have time to read the detailed description, they can get the gist from the Features.
3. Product Description
We use the Description you provided in the “Description” section on the Appstore Developer Portal as well as information that’s on your website (if applicable) to create a detail page with rich, helpful information about your app. We also like to include images in the Description when available (we pull these from the screenshots you provide with your app submission). An abbreviated version of this description is included on the detail page in the mobile store itself (stay tuned for a peak at a detail page on the mobile store!). If your app doesn’t sell itself, we hope the product description helps.
The final two sections are really all about you and the app requirements. They are:
4. Developer Info
5. Technical Data
We want to boost your brand. Here’s where you can talk about who you are and what your expertise is. We pull this directly from what you put in the Developer Portal.
As the name implies, this is where we put the technical info including app size and version.
During the process of submitting your app, you are required to submit information that will eventually show up on the site. We wanted to give a little more detail around where all this information actually goes, so we’re going to dive into a real detail page and lay it out for you.
Here’s a look at a real live detail page – this is the detail page for the IMDb app in the Amazon Appstore for Android (don’t get too excited, it’s not live … yet). Why is it called a detail page might you ask? This is the page where customers can get details about your app – hence, detail page. Pretty straightforward, right?
Over the fold there are three primary places you’ll be providing content for.
But wait, there’s more! The scrolling part that you see at the bottom of this screenshot is a slot that is automatically created as purchases of your app pick up. This slot is called “Customers Who Bought This Also Bought” and as the name implies, when appropriate, your app icon, title, rating, and price will show up on other item’s pages if customers bought that item and your app. Even non-app pages! Here’s an example: a customer buys an Android phone and then buys your app (they need to stock their phone, right?). Your app has a good shot of showing up on the bottom of that page to future customers!
A picture is worth a thousand words. Use that picture (and those hypothetical thousand words) to effectively market your app.
When you submit your app to the Amazon Appstore for Android through the Developer Portal, you will need to submit an icon, a thumbnail, a promotional image, a square version of the promotional image, and screenshots. Having compelling images help get your app noticed. Also, great looking apps look great on our store – if you look good, we look good!
Here are details and recommendations for creating great images for all your submissions:
Here’s an example of a “do” icon image:
You can learn more about image guidelines and best practices in the Appstore Developer Portal online here.
That’s it! So go tell your app to “say cheese!”
It’s well known that Amazon is all about customer experience. With a growing developer customer-base, we’re constantly striving to make it easier for developers to do just that – develop! Last month, we launched an Amazon Web Services (AWS) SDK for Android. “We’re really excited about the launch of the AWS SDK’s for mobile,” says Jeff Barr, Senior Web Services Evangelist, Amazon Web Services. “As a developer myself, I’m looking forward to seeing all sorts of cool and creative AWS-powered applications show up on mobile devices in the future.”
Some highlights of the AWS SDK for Android include:
The SDK includes a library, full documentation, and some sample code. You can get the library on GitHub. Also, in true open source fashion, AWS is open to and encourages external contributions.
Check out this blog post on the AWS blog for more details about the AWS SDK as well as an iOS SDK. You can download the AWS SDK, access documentation, and participate in the discussion forum online here.
Finally, right now Amazon has a free usage tier available to new AWS customers to help get started in the cloud. As of November 1, 2010, new customers can run a free Amazon EC2 Micro Instance for a year, while also leveraging a new free usage tier for Amazon S3, Amazon Elastic Block Store, Amazon Elastic Load Balancing, and AWS data transfer. AWS’s free usage tier can be used for anything you want to run in the cloud: launch new applications, test existing applications in the cloud, or simply gain hands-on experience with AWS. Learn more here.
You’ve taken the first step in submitting an app to the Amazon Appstore – you’ve created a compelling app or game for Android! Either that or you’re reading this post to learn more about what’s to come in the store itself – we understand, it’s exciting. Regardless – if you’re an app developer or you’re just plain old curious, we’ll bottom line the submission process for you. It’s straight forward – you did the hard work and we want to make submitting to the store easy.
There are three steps to getting your app into the Amazon Appstore for Android: create an account, submit your app, and make your app available.
The first step is creating an account. This is the easy part – you can create an account directly on the Amazon Appstore Developer Portal.
For a limited time, we’re waiving the $99 program fee to make getting started even easier (or at least cheaper … free)
. It’s free to register for a developer account. Go to the Amazon Appstore Developer Portal to create your account.
You’ll be asked for the following information:
After setting up your account, you’ll need to submit your apk file as well as marketing materials that complement your app. Marketing materials include details about your app, images, and video.
We will ask for the following details about your app:
You can find out more about what’s specifically required for images and video online here. It’s important that the images and video you submit are yours (you have the rights to use these images and video) and that they’re reflective of the app itself. An image with some upset birds for a finance app that helps with taxes wouldn’t do anyone any good.
That’s it – after you open up your account and submit your assets you’re app and details will be in review. You can track the approval status of your app at any time by logging into the Developer Portal and finding your app in the “Dashboard” on the portal home page.