Amazon touts Appstore before smartphone launch
Prior to showing its rumored smartphone, Amazon says its Appstore library nearly tripled in size since last year. Also, Apple is allowing Bitcoin wallet apps back into iTunes.
In today's CNET Update news roundup:
- Size up Amazon's Appstore against the competition. Before Amazon launches a smartphone on Wednesday, it would like to remind you it sells more than 240,000 apps and games. That's roughly the size of the Windows Phone app store.
- Manage your virtual currency with an iPhone app. Apple is allowing Bitcoin wallet apps back in its App Store. The first to return was Coin Pocket, designed for sending and receiving bitcoins.
- Swipe to type in style with the updated SwiftKey Android app. The now-free keyboard add-on offers various keyboard designs. Popular on Android, it will be coming to the iPhone in the fall with iOS 8, now that Apple is allowing custom keyboards for the first time.
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