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September 02, 2014

David Isbitski

Here is a quick recap of new posts for the week ending August 29th on the Amazon Apps & Services Blog.

Monday, August 25th  

Why Do Indie Developers Love the Amazon Appstore?

We posted a new video interview where Indie Developers share their experiences growing reach and revenue on the Amazon Appstore. 

Friday, August 29th

 

Amazon Coins Now Available in Japan and Australia

We announced expansion of the Amazon Coins program to both Japan and Australia!  Customers in those countries can now use Amazon Coins on apps, games, in-app purchasing, Android phones and tablets and on amazon.co.jp and amazom.com.au.  For a limited time, every Kindle Fire owner in Japan and Australia will also find 500 Yen/$5.00 AUD worth of free coins deposited into their Amazon Account.

Don’t forget you can follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and our YouTube channel.

-Dave (@TheDaveDev)

 

August 25, 2014

David Isbitski

Here is a quick recap of new posts for the week ending August 22nd on the Amazon Apps & Services Blog.

Monday, August 18th  

Register Today: Seattle Indie Gaming Event

We announced a GameJam event at Amazon HQ in Seattle. The event will last all day Saturday through Sunday and give you an opportunity to help you build your game from scratch. 

Wednesday, August 20th

 

GameCircle Gets Better: Updated Adobe Native Extension for Gaming Now Available

We announced Native Extension (ANE) support for GameCircle has been updated with new features to support the latest version of GameCircle.

Friday, August 22nd

Come Join Us at Xamarin Evolve, October 6-10th in Atlanta, Georgia

We announced Amazon sessions at the Xamarin Evolve conference this fall. If you are a C# developer looking to publish your apps and games to Amazon devices this session is for you!

 

Don’t forget you can follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and our YouTube channel.

-Dave (@TheDaveDev)

 

August 18, 2014

David Isbitski

Here is a quick recap of new posts for the week ending August 15th on the Amazon Apps & Services Blog.

Wednesday, August 13th   

Launch Better Apps: Announcing Live App Testing

 

We announced Live App Testing giving you the ability to quickly distribute your apps in the Amazon Appstore to a pre-defined set of testers before you go live. 

 

Thursday, August 14th

 

HTML5 Packaged Apps Services Makes It Even Easier to Submit Apps

 

We announced new support for web apps submission to the Amazon Appstore giving you the option to submit self-contained, packaged web apps.  You can now submit your web app as a standard zipfile in addition to the existing hosted web app solution or have web apps in the Amazon Appstore that use both.

 

 

Don’t forget you can follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and our YouTube channel.

-Dave (@TheDaveDev)

 

August 11, 2014

David Isbitski

Here is a quick recap of new posts for the week ending August 8th on the Amazon Apps & Services Blog.

Monday, August 4th   

Launch Your Android Game into the Living Room with Fire TV

 

We covered the recent growth of Fire TV’s app catalog, some of the most recognizable game titles that have launched for it, and the huge potential it offers to get your apps noticed.

 

Don’t forget you can follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and our YouTube channel.

-Dave (@TheDaveDev)

 

August 04, 2014

David Isbitski

Here is a quick recap of new posts for weeks ending July 25th and August 1st on the Amazon Apps & Services Blog.

Tuesday, July 22nd

Intro to Phaser Part 2: Preloading, Sprites Displaying Text and Game State

We published the next part in a free tutorial on creating a casual game with Phaser, a popular HTML5 game framework.

Publish Your App to Amazon’s New Fire Phone

We announced Amazon Appstore selection has nearly tripled over the past year, and since Fire phone launched, the rate of app submissions to the Amazon Appstore has more than doubled.

Wednesday, July 23rd

Intro to Phaser Part 3: Obstacles, Collision, Score, Sound and Publishing

We published the final part in a free tutorial on creating a casual game with Phaser, a popular HTML5 game framework.

Friday, July 25th

Fire Now Available at AT&T and Amazon

We announced Fire, Amazon’s first smartphone, is now available at AT&T stores throughout the US and online.

Tuesday, July 29th

 

Amazon Hosts Developer Day at GDC Europe – August 12th, 2014

We announced a free Amazon Developer Day on Tuesday, August 12th at GDC Europe.  If you are attending the conference stop by and join the Amazon team to learn how you can build, optimize and monetize your games for Amazon’s Fire devices.

Wednesday, July 30th

 

 

Adding Dynamic Perspective to Your HTML5 Games Tutorial

We walked through the process of adding Fire phone Dynamic Perspective to a Phaser based HTML5 game.

Thursday, July 31st

 

Amazon Appstore Expands to 41 New Countries and Territories, including Egypt, Indonesia, Singapore and Turkey

We announced expansion into 41 additional international locations, making the Amazon Appstore’s global presence now 236 countries and territories.

 

Don’t forget you can follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and our YouTube channel.

-Dave (@TheDaveDev)

 

July 21, 2014

David Isbitski

Here is a quick recap of new posts last week on the Amazon Apps & Services Blog.

Wednesday, July 16th

Adding Dynamic Perspective to Your Unity Games

We walked through how to quickly add Dynamic Perspective to your existing Unity game.

Thursday, July 17th

Amazon Mobile Ad Network Adds iOS Support Giving Developers Increased Reach and Monetization Opportunities

We announced iOS support for the Amazon Mobile Ads API along with ad expansion into Spain and Italy.  With this launch developers can now serve ads to Android and iOS customers in the US, UK, Germany, France, Spain and Italy.

Friday, July 18th

Harpan Increases eCPM by 20% across Platforms with the Amazon Mobile Ad Network

We shared the success Harpan has seen with the Amazon Mobile Ads API in their games across the Amazon Appstore, Google Play and iTunes.

Don’t forget you can follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and our YouTube channel.

-Dave (@TheDaveDev)

 

July 14, 2014

David Isbitski

Here is a quick recap of new posts last week on the Amazon Apps & Services Blog.

Tuesday, July 8th    

Better Manage IAP Purchases with Amazon’s API Enhancements

We announced improvements to the receipt process for our In-App Purchasing API giving an improved customer experience.

Wednesday, July 9th    

90 Seconds to Find out If Your App Is Ready for the Fire Phone

We covered testing your Fire phone app with our free App Testing Service.

Come Join Us at Casual Connect in San Francisco on July 21st

We announced a free, developer pre-day event at Casual Connect filled with information on the latest Amazon devices including Fire phone and Fire TV.

Thursday July 10th

Top 10 Tips for Optimizing Your Android Apps for Fire Phone

Have an Android app already but not sure where to start with Fire phone?  We offer plenty of tips and tricks to get your app quickly up and running on Fire phone and how take advantage of its new capabilities.

Friday, July 11th

Intro to Phaser Part 1: Setting up Your Dev Environment and Phaser

We published a free tutorial on creating a casual game with Phaser, a popular HTML5 game framework.

Don’t forget you can follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and our YouTube channel.

-Dave (@TheDaveDev)

 

July 07, 2014

David Isbitski

Here is a quick recap of new posts last week on the Amazon Apps & Services Blog.

Tuesday, July 1st    

Appstore Developer Select Benefits Expand to UK, Germany, France and Spain – Submit Today

We announced expansion of Appstore Developer Select program benefits to include the UK, Germany, France, and Spain, in addition to the US.

Deal Center Displays Discounts in One Convenient Location

We announced a new single, centralized place where customers can easily find discounted apps on the Amazon Appstore, called Deal Center.

Wednesday, July 2nd   

Build the App Your Customers Want: Beta Test with Amazon A/B Testing Service

We walked through the free Amazon A/B Testing Service and how you can use it to evaluate user satisfaction within your app.

Thursday July 3rd

Extend Amazon Fire’s Home Carousel: Make a Great First Impression

We covered Fire phone’s new enhanced home carousel and how you can expose content from your app directly on the home screen.

Friday, July 4th

Amazon Mobile Ad Network Expands to Germany and France, API Now Supports Android Advertising ID

We announced expansion of the Amazon Mobile Ad Network in Europe to Germany and France as well as support for Android advertising ID.

Don’t forget you can follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and our YouTube channel.

-Dave (@TheDaveDev)

 

June 30, 2014

David Isbitski

Here is a quick recap of new posts last week on the Amazon Apps & Services Blog.

Monday, June 23rd   

Amazon Fire: Design Best Practices for Dynamic Perspective

We covered some of the design principles behind the Fire UX and what you need to know to design the best customer experience possible.

11 Developers from 8 Different Countries Share Their Experiences with the Amazon Appstore

We showcased new video in which developers across Europe and the United States share their experiences with the Amazon Appstore.

Tuesday, June 24th

Limited Time Offer: Earn a Guaranteed $6 CPM on Interstitial Ads from the Amazon Mobile Ad Network

We talked about new Amazon Mobile Ad Network incentives for developers distributing qualified apps on Fire phone.

Wednesday June 25th

Firefly: Connecting Your Apps to the Physical World

We posted examples of how developers are taking advantage of Fire’s new Firefly capabilities.

Friday, June 27th

Come Join Us at MoDev in Washington D.C. July 12, 2014

We announced a new Fire TV and Fire phone hands-on workshop next month for developers in the Washington D.C. USA area.

Don’t forget you can follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and our YouTube channel.

-Dave (@TheDaveDev)

 

June 23, 2014

David Isbitski

Here is a quick recap of new posts last week on the Amazon Apps & Services Blog.

Tuesday, June 17th

Getting Started with the Cordova Push Notifications Plugin for Amazon Fire OS

We walked through how to send messages to Kindle Fire Devices using Amazon Device Messaging and the Cordova Push Notifications Plugin project.

Wednesday, June 18th

Announcing the Amazon Fire Phone: App and Game Experiences Never before Possible

We unveiled Fire, the first phone designed by Amazon.  Fire is the first and only smartphone with Dynamic Perspective and Firefly. With Fire Develop SDKs available now, these new technologies enable you to create more immersive experiences in your apps and games that increase user engagement. Now is the time to submit your apps and games! Apps that are approved by July 18 will be in the Amazon Appstore when Fire ships on July 25th.

Thursday June 19th

Amazon Developer Day – GDC 2014 Videos

We posted the GDC 2014 session recordings from the Amazon Pre-Conference Developer Day.

More Big News! Amazon Appstore to Be Preloaded on Blackberry 10 Devices

We announced that the Amazon Appstore will be preloaded on BlackBerry 10 devices this fall giving developers an expanded opportunity to reach more customers.

Friday, June 20th

Appstore Developer Select Benefits Expands to Fire Phone: 500K Amazon Coins Offer per Qualifying App

We announced Fire Phone extra benefits for our Appstore Developer Select program.  Amazon will offer 500,000 Amazon Coins ($5,000 value) for each of your qualifying paid apps or apps with in-app purchasing that meet the additional program requirements for Fire Phone (up to a maximum of 3 awards/developer). You can create campaigns via the Promotions Console to give these Coins away to consumers purchasing any of your paid apps or in-app items.

Don’t forget you can follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and our YouTube channel.

-Dave (@TheDaveDev)

 

June 16, 2014

David Isbitski

Here is a quick recap of new posts last week on the Amazon Apps & Services Blog.

Wednesday, June 11th

How Many Subtle Brand Clues Can You Pick up On?

We chatted about how important good design and the right screenshots are to your app.

Friday, June 13th

Extreme Reality Incorporates Dolby Audio API Enhancement for Kindle Fire Dance Game

We talked about the Extreme Motion SDK from Dolby Digital and how it can enable motion control in your Kindle Fire games.

Don’t forget you can follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and our YouTube channel.

-Dave (@TheDaveDev)

 

June 10, 2014

David Isbitski

Here is a quick recap of new posts last week on the Amazon Apps & Services Blog.

Wednesday, June 4th

Scanner Radio Increases Ad Revenue 43% by Adding Interstitial Ads

We chatted with the creator of Scanner Radio and the success he has seen with the Amazon Mobile Ads API.

Thursday, June 5th

IDC Survey Highlights the Case for Developing Apps for the Amazon Appstore

We shared a recent report from IDC that surveyed developer interest in the Amazon Appstore.  65% of developers said they saw Amazon Appstore total revenue similar or better than other platforms.

Friday, June 6th   

Partner Spotlight: Nextpeer – Adding Multiplayer to Your Games on Amazon Appstore

We had a guest screencast from the team at Nextpeer covering multiplayer support in your games for the Amazon Appstore.

Don’t forget you can follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and our YouTube channel.

-Dave (@TheDaveDev)

 

June 02, 2014

David Isbitski

Here is a quick recap of new posts last week on the Amazon Apps & Services Blog.

Tuesday, May 27th

Get More Revenue by Implementing Interstitial Ads

We walked through implementing Amazon interstitial ads in your app.

Wednesday, May 28th

Farlex Earns $1.25 eCPM for US and $1.36 for UK Banner Ads with Amazon Mobile Ads API

We chatted with Farlex about their recent success using the Amazon Mobile Ads API.

Thursday, May 29th

Amazon Fire TV Overview: Put Your Apps and Games on More Screens

We released a video overview of Amazon Fire TV and the opportunity for game developers it brings.

Friday, May 30th

GameCircle 101: Improving Player Experience and Retention

We released a video overview of the Amazon GameCircle API and how you can use it to increase player engagement within your games.

Don’t forget you can follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and our YouTube channel.

-Dave (@TheDaveDev)

 

May 26, 2014

David Isbitski

Here is a quick recap of new posts last week on the Amazon Apps & Services Blog.

Monday, May 19th

Introduction to Unity Part 1: Unity’s IDE

We walked through the basics of working with Unity’s IDE for creating 2D games.

Tuesday, May 20th

Introduction to Unity Part2: Learning C#

We walked through creating C# based scripts for 2D games in Unity.

Wednesday, May 21st

Bitmango Finds Amazon Appstore Brings Higher ARPU and Increased Reach

We sat down with Bitmango and chatted about their success in the Amazon Appstore.

Thursday, May 22nd

Amazon Appstore for Android: More Ways for Customers to Discover and Buy Apps

We covered some of the recent additions to the Amazon Appstore for Android including enhanced search and the launch of Amazon Coins in France, Italy and Spain.

Don’t forget you can follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and our YouTube channel.

-Dave (@TheDaveDev)

 

May 19, 2014

David Isbitski

Here is a quick recap of new posts last week on the Amazon Apps & Services Blog.

Monday, May 12th

Creating and Publishing a Cordova Hybrid Web App on the Amazon Appstore

We walked through creating a sample app on Kindle Fire with the Apache Cordova project and how to publish it to the Amazon Appstore.

Tuesday, May 13th

Amazon Coins Expands to France, Italy and Spain – Submit Now for Amazon Coins worth Millions of Euros

We announced the launch of Amazon coins in France, Spain and Italy.  Kindle Fire owners in those countries received 500 free Coins to use for apps and in app items on the Amazon Appstore.

Wednesday, May 14th

Brainstorm Games: Find out How They Created Two Apps That Topped the UK Charts

We sat down with Barnstorm Games and chatted about their recent successes with the Amazon Appstore.

Don’t forget you can follow us on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn, and our YouTube channel.

-Dave (@TheDaveDev)

 

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