Though the Amazon Kindle Fire has only been available for four months, the Amazon Appstore is celebrating its first birthday this week. Amazon’s Android app store started one year ago with 4,000 apps, and now holds 31,000 apps. To celebrate the year, Amazon is putting some of those apps on sale, and released some numbers.
Amazon will spend the next week celebrating the first birthday of the Appstore with app sales. Today, the first day of the celebration, Amazon put the excellent Plants vs. Zombies on sales for $0.99. Tomorrow, two more apps will be on sale, and on the third day it will add three more. That will continue until the seventh day when seven more apps are added.
The final list of apps on sale will include Fruit Ninja, Wolfram Alpha, Splashtop Remote Desktop, Dr. Seuss’s The Shape of Me and Other Stuff, TuneIn Radio Pro, Tetris, Pac-Man, The Lost City, Monopoly, AccuWeather Platinum and Jamie Oliver’s 20 Minute Meals.
Amazon is also using the celebration as an excuse to give away a few Kindle Fires. The retailer will be giving away eight Kindle Fires by March 31.
Along with the sales and giveaways Amazon announced a few numbers for the Amazon Appstore. Since the store launched users have downloaded a total of 3.1 million apps, and spent almost 8 million minutes testing apps. The best-selling paid app was Cut The Rope, while Angry Birds Free topped the free app chart.
All ten spots in the top paid apps chart were games. Angry Birds and Where’s My Water? join Cut The Rope in the top 3. The rest of the list includes two more varieties of Angry Birds, Plants vs. Zombies, Fruit Ninja, Scrabble, Uno, and Tetris. EA Games (including Pop Cap) took four spots, while Rovio took three.
If there’s one thing that comes out of the stats Amazon provided, it’s that games are really popular in the Amazon Appstore. Even in the top ten free apps chart Netflix was the only non-game app. Interestingly, none of the top paid apps are exclusive to the Android platform.
All of the apps and most of the free apps are also available on iOS. If we can learn anything from this, it’s that games from big developers thrive no matter what platform or app store they’re in.