Amazon vs. Apple

By SHARON FRAJLICH

Amazon’s Appstore for Android launched today. With a great selection of around 3,800 apps, it’s too bad a large number of Android users aren’t able to use it.

According to Businessinsider.com, the Appstore isn’t available in the Android Market and has to be downloaded directly to your phone, which involves a step-by-step process you can find on the Appstore’s home page. Amazon’s store is also not available for Android phones on At&T.

On the plus side, the Appstore has a ton of free apps, such as the mega-popular Angry Birds (free today so get it while you can). From a portable Bible to games to shopping, all apps run from completely free to $3.99+.

Sound familiar? Well, it sure did to Apple, which is suing Amazon over  use of the term “App Store,” reports BBC News.

“Consumers of mobile software downloads are likely to be confused as to whether Amazon’s mobile software download service is sponsored or approved by Apple,” claimed Apple.

In response, Apple is seeking to trademark the App Store, to avoid a generalization of the term, like what happened with Podcast or anything written in the style of iPod.

Microsoft opposes the trademark attempt and hopes it remains blocked, since it is also hoping to create an App store to go with its line of mobile phones.

“Like shoe store or toy store, it is a generic term that is commonly used by companies, governments and individuals that offer apps,” said Russell Pangborn, Microsoft’s associate general counsel.

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