As the end of the year approaches, Apple has released its AppStore Best of 2012, a list of the year’s top sellers, notable trends and editors’ picks. On the paid front, Angry Birds Space took the number one spot for the best selling iPhone and iPad app of 2012. Skype topped the charts on the free iPad apps chart, but on iPhone the most downloaded free app was Google’s YouTube app.
Amazon has opened up its Android AppStore to the general public. The store is accessible at Amazon.com/appstore and hosts apps for Android phones and tablets. By launching the store, Amazon has now come into direct competition with Apple and Google as Apple with its App Store and Google with its Android Marketplace are the other two dominant players in the mobile app eco-system.
Amazon is planning to launch its own mobile app store to compete with Google’s Android Marketplace. Amazon has already opened up its Amazon AppStore Developer Portal in January, which gives a good indication of things to come.