It’s a sign of Amazon’s growing influence in the market for apps on Google’s Android operating system, in competition with Google’s own Android Market. The deal with PopCap comes amid reports that the online retailer is developing its own Android tablet device for possible release later this year.
PopCap’s game Chuzzle will be available exclusively on the Amazon Android Appstore for two weeks starting on Tuesday, followed by another two-week exclusive offer for Plants vs. Zombies. Both games will be free on their first day in the store, and $2.99 after that.
In a news release announcing the deal, PopCap senior director Giordano Bruno Contestabile called the relationship with Amazon “pivotal to PopCap’s overall strategy in bringing a growing roster of mobile titles to the ever-widening base of smartphone users.”
No word yet on when other PopCap games will be coming to Android.