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Amazon Coins – Virtual Currency for App and In-App Purchases

by Jeff Barr | on | in Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon EC2, Amazon S3, Games |

Amazon Coins are a new virtual currency that will be made available to Kindle Fire users this coming May. They can be used to pay for apps and for most in-app purchases.

If your app runs on the Kindle Fire, it is eligible for Amazon Coins with no further work on your part. If it runs on another Android device and is already in the Amazon Appstore for Android, you’ll need to review the Kindle Fire Best Practices and then re-submit your app with the appropriate Kindle Fire devices checked in the Device Support section of the submission form.

For more information about how to use Amazon Coins in your app, read our new blog post, Taking Advantage of Amazon Coins.

I would also like to encourage you to take a look at some other AWS services that you can use to build and host mobile apps of all types:

  • The AWS SDK for Android lets you build Android apps that access and take advantage of AWS services.
  • Amazon EC2 makes a great, scalable host for your application’s backend processing and logic.
  • Amazon S3 is perfect for storing application assets, for low-latency worldwide distribution via Amazon CloudFront.
  • Amazon DynamoDB is a fully managed NoSQL service that can scale to any desired level of throughput.

You can also visit our Web, Mobile, and Social Apps page to get some ideas and to see how your competitors are already using these services!

– Jeff;