Ryan Paul speculates
on the ramifications
of the new Amazon Appstore for Android. "The Amazon Appstore for Android launched last week. Although the online retail giant's new software storefront still has some rough edges, it could eventually have significant ramifications for the entire Android ecosystem. If Amazon's Appstore proves to be a viable alternative to Google's own Android Market, it could weaken the search giant's control over the Android platform and shift the balance of power in a direction that favors hardware makers-opening the door for forks and deeper differentiation.
This could prove to be especially significant right now, because Google's decision to withhold the Android 3.0 source code for the foreseeable future has created a need for Android hardware vendors to pursue more autonomy and insulate themselves from Google's increasingly dictatorial control over the operating system.
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