Develop an app for Fire OS, and Amazon will give you up to $15,000 in Amazon coins.
Following the recent launch of its Fire Phone, complete with SDK, Amazon is hoping to attract developers to its Appstore Developer program, and the Fire Phone OS, with an offer for apps that have been optimized for the Fire Phone.
Qualified Fire Phone apps that meet the Appstore Developer Select requirements will receive 500,000 Amazon Coins per qualifying app. The coins have a value of $5,000, and you can claim up to three awards per developer. The snag is, you then have to give the coins away to consumers buying your apps or in-app items. Alternatively, you can use the coins to create a marketing campaign where the winners get a coin prize.
To qualify for the benefits, your app has to meet certain requirements. It must implement an app widget using the Home API to display contextual information when the app is brought to the forefront on the device Carousel. If it’s not a game, it has to use one or both of the left and right panels using Foundation Controls or Dynamic Perspective SDK. If it’s a game, it has to use the Dynamic Perspective SDK to create an in-game experience that responds to a user’s motion relative to the device. There are specific requirements for this, but examples would be the user being able to pan and zoom the field of view in a game by moving the device back or forward, rotating the phone about any axis to change the viewing angle of the surroundings.
According to a post on the Amazon Developer Blog, apps will work on Fire with little or no work. However, by modifying the user interface you’ll be able to take advantage of the Fire SDK. The post says to make the most of the Dynamic Perspective SDK your app should support one-handed shortcuts that are driven by a user’s physical interaction with the device. The head tracking capability tracks the position of the user’s head relative to the device and when combined with other sensor inputs enables the entire UI to respond to how the device is held, moved and where the user looks.
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