Wednesday, March 30, 2011

PC Downloads as Easy as an App | Katherine Boehret | The Digital Solution | AllThingsD

Or, with apps such as the Amazon Cloud Player on PCs, you could just skip the entire installation step and run modern Web apps that look and feel like native client apps

Meanwhile, if you’re looking for a way to buy an app for your mobile device while you’re on your PC, Amazon offers a hybrid approach by using the PC browser to sell apps for Android mobile devices. The Amazon Appstore for Android is accessible through the Amazon.com website, and can be installed on Android devices by entering a phone number or email, which sends a link to devices for downloading the Amazon Appstore. On the PC, people can click “Test Drive Now” to try apps on a simulated Android device before downloading the apps. A different free app is offered daily in the Amazon Appstore for Android.

It’s clear that stores selling apps are a hit on mobile devices, and the migration of these stores to the personal computer is a great help for consumers who want simpler methods of downloading free and paid apps for news, social networking, productivity, games, and education.

PC Downloads as Easy as an App | Katherine Boehret | The Digital Solution | AllThingsD

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