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Amazon today announced that its app store has tripled in size over the last year — it now touts over 240,000 apps and games. This announcement precedes Amazon’s mystery event on June 18, where it is expected to unveil a 3D smartphone.

In a direct shot at Apple, Amazon claims that “developers building apps and games for Kindle Fire are making at least as much money (often more) on the Kindle Fire platform as on any other mobile platform.” This claim, however, rests on an internal study, and should be taken with a grain.

Amazon’s supply of apps could easily make or break its soon-to-debut smartphone. As we detailed today, even the lack of a simple maps app could destroy the smartphone’s chances of gaining meaningful traction.

Amazon did not disclose the total number of app downloads across its store.

On Wednesday Amazon is expected to announce a 3D smartphone, which may feature 3D Web browsing, augmented reality, and indoor GPS. Read more about it here.


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