Amazon’s app store sees massive growth (but it’s no Google Play)

Amazon’s app store for Android has grown massively in popularity since the Kindle Fire was released in November 2011, doubling the number of developers who publish to the store and tripling the number of apps. Plus, Amazon says, hundreds of millions of apps have now been downloaded from the store.
Of course, that’s barely a blip on the Google’s radar, since the official Android market, Google Play, has seen more than 20 billion downloads on 600,000 apps.

Of course Amazon is building a phone — but when will it get into the prepaid carrier biz?

Once again, there’s word that Amazon is working on a smartphone, this time from Bloomberg. And given the success of the Kindle Fire so far, which has been the only Android tablet worth buying since its debut (the Nexus 7 now holds that title), it’s not surprising to think Amazon would want to get into the smartphone arena as well.