Amazon launches Android app store in China

Amazon.com Inc launched an Android application store that offer paid apps in China.

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SHANGHAI - Amazon.com Inc launched an Android application store that offered paid apps in China, beating Google Inc.

The online retailer seeks to increase the amount of digital content it offers in the world's largest mobile phone market.

Amazon China spokesman Billy Huang on Monday said, "Amazon opened its Kindle e-book store in China in December. It launched its Android app store over the weekend.China users can download both free and paid apps."

Google's official app store only offers free apps in China.

Android is Google's open source mobile operating system.

Amazon's app store must compete with hundreds of local rivals offering paid and free apps, some of them pirated, and users often worry about malware when downloading from these sites.

Amazon is the first Western technology company to offer a platform for paid Android apps in China.

Huang said that the company was working with software developers to increase the number of apps on offer.

The launch of the app store and the Kindle e-book store in China paves the way for Amazon to offer a range of devices including the standard Kindle e-reader and the Kindle Fire.

Huang declined to comment on the Kindle's release date in China.