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Google (GOOG) may have hit a bump in the road with the discovery of 50 or so infected applications in the Android Market, but apps are still hot commodities in the mobile ecosystem. As Android’s platform becomes a unifying factor for app distribution, third party manufacturers fully intend to build around it. Amazon’s (AMZN) own Android tablet has high hopes for competing against Apple’s (AAPL) iPad, and an App Store exclusive could help seal the deal.
Expected to launch in the next few weeks, the Amazon App Store will feature a store-specific version of Angry Birds Rio. The App Store will also have ad-free versions of Angry Birds and Angry Birds Seasons, the regularly updated edition of the wildly popular mobile game. Bringing mobile games into the mix, Amazon’s betting on a sure thing with its tablet initiative, incorporating the fastest-growing app genre into its mobile marketplace.
Streaming media support
It seems Hulu is also anxious to get on Android’s platform, with plans for Hulu support for select Android 2.2 devices. The streaming video service was reportedly spotted on a Google Nexus S, which runs Android 2.3, though there’s little confirming details around this. What we do know, however, is that Android’s OS improvements are more welcoming to services like Hulu and Netflix (NFLX), which have had trouble converting their mobile efforts into an Android presence.
Adobe (ADBE) is also looking to pledge allegiance to Android for the long haul, fending off HTML5 with ongoing updates to its Flash offerings. Adobe has announced March 18th as the release date for Adobe 10.2 for Android, which will be the second iteration of the Flash Player for Android devices. Adobe’s also extending a separate beta release for Android 3.0 Honeycomb, expected to launch on the same day. Meanwhile, Adobe has begun testing for Adobe Flash Player 10.3.