Amazon app store scams developers with ‘free app of the day’ gimmick

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Apparently Apple isn’t the only company running an App Store with a penchant for secrecy.

In a blog post this morning, mobile developer Shifty Jelly has publicly called out Amazon for covertly offering the company featured placement on its unofficial Android Appstore as the ‘free app of the day’. This is a well-known promotion that Amazon has openly talked about, but there’s a twist: instead of paying developers 20% of the app’s List Price, which is what it had previously promised, Amazon is asking them to take a 0% rev share. If that’s confusing, read on.

The post, titled ‘Amazon App Store: Rotten to the Core’, recounts how Amazon approached Shifty Jelly with the following secret offer (emphasis Amazon’s).

Full story: Amazon’s Appstore: You’ll Make $0 When We Give Your App Away, And You’ll Like It