Even though Amazon's Appstore has far fewer wares on its shelves than Google's Android Market, many developers of top apps have found Amazon's platform to be more lucrative, according to a recent study. The hot-selling Kindle Fire seems to have played a part in driving Appstore sales. The curated nature of Amazon's Appstore may also appeal more to users willing to pay a buck or two for their software.
Some developers are making more money by showcasing their wares in Amazon's (Nasdaq: AMZN) Appstore instead of Google's (Nasdaq: GOOG) Android Market, according to research from Distimo.
The mobile analytics firm looked at the 110 apps available in both online stores that generated at least US$200 per day in revenue during the last week of January. Of those, 42 earned more money sitting in the Amazon Appstore than they did in the larger Android Market. The Appstore also accounted for 28 percent of the total revenue from the top 110 sellers.
Much of the Appstore's success came thanks to the release of the Kindle Fire, according to the report. Amazon's Appstore had a 14-fold increase in app downloads during December, when the tablet was released, compared to October.
The figures refer to U.S. sales only, since the Amazon Appstore is not available anywhere else. Neither Amazon nor Google responded to our requests for comment.