Online retail giant, Amazon is all set to make an attempt at revolutionizing the idea of an app store with its latest venture Amazon Underground.
Underground, as the company claims offers more than $10,000 worth Android apps for free.
“Many apps that are marked as ‘free” turn out to not be completely free. They use in-app payments to charge you for special items or to unlock features or levels,” declared the company, reports ABC.
Many popular Android titles including everything from premium services such as PhotoSuite 4 and OfficeSuite Professional 8 are available via Amazon Underground, along with a slew of games that may otherwise have in-app purchases, including Angry Birds Slingshot Stella and Frozen Free Fall.
Amazon maintained that reaching a compensation agreement with developers enabled it to work out on its new branch.
“We’re paying them a certain amount on a per-minute played basis in exchange for them waiving their normal in-app fees. To be clear, we’re the ones picking up those per minute charges so for you it’s simply free,” said the company.
As per the deal recorded on Amazon’s website, the retailer will pay $0.0020 in the US for every minute a person uses a developer’s app, with aggregate usage time being calculated every day down to the millisecond and then rounding the total payout to the nearest penny.