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Amazon Android Appstore to screen apps

Amazon Android Appstore to screen apps

The soon to land Android applications store from Amazon will be screened for malware and overall quality, it has emerged.

Unlike the walled garden that is the Apple App Store, Google’s proprietary Android Market is famously open to all comers.

However, that lack of a stringent screening policy, although popular with liberally minded Fandroids, means that all manner of shonky titles find their way in. More damagingly, it’s also what allowed this week’s malware infestation to happen.

To avoid a similar fate for the forthcoming Amazon Appstore for Android kit, which is expected to open its doors this month, the online giant will have a rigorous testing policy in place, the F.A.Q for new devs reveals.

It states: “We will be testing the apps you submit prior to making them available in our store to verify that each app works as outlined in your product description, does not impair the functionality of the mobile device or put customer data at risk once installed."

The malware discovered at the Android Market was disguised as some of the most popular free apps on offer. It is thought that up to 50,000 Android phone owners could have been affected.

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