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Amazon App Store triples in numbers thanks to Kindle Fire Android tablet

Despite the somewhat gloomy announcement of likely losses in Q1 2012, Amazon does have something to smile about - the App Store customer base has tripled during Q4 of 2011.

Amazon's 4th quarter earnings report, which highlighted growth in the Android application store.

Even if it's not your go-to Android application portal, Amazon's App Store is worth having around just for the free app of the day.Of course it's the release of the Kindle Fire that has really opened the Amazon App Store flood gates. Amazon's bargain-priced tablet was snapped up by consumers who weren't willing to pay iPad prices, and thanks to the fact that access to the Android Market via the Fire was made difficult, it comes as no surprise that Amazon App Store numbers have jumped up.

It would be very interesting to separate Kindle Fire users out from other Amazon App Store users, but it's unlikely that those numbers will be made available anytime soon. That said, it's always good to have a choice, and if the Amazon App Store continues to grow, Android users will only benefit.

Rob Kerr is a journalist with more than 14 years experience of news, reviews and feature writing on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show. The mobile phone world is his real passion and forte, having owned a handset as far back as 1994 where he has seen them grow from just a business tool to a necessity in everyone’s everyday life.