Yesterday PopCap, maker of many popular casual games, announced that they'll be bringing two of their titles (Chuzzle and Plants vs Zombies) to the Amazon Appstore. In both cases the titles will be a featured free "app-of-the-day" for a day and will then be offered for $2.99 each. In fact, Chuzzle is the free app for today, so make sure you visit the Appstore and get your copy!
This announcement is significant for a couple of reasons. First, this will be the first time Popcap Games have been released on Android; good news for both Android-owning gamers and anyone who wants to see the platform thrive.
Second, this is another coup of sorts for Amazon. Both games will be Amazon exclusives for the first two weeks of availability. This is similar to the deal Amazon had with the Android release of Angry Birds Rio when the Appstore first launched. While I'm not sure how many Android gamers are clamoring to get their hands on Chuzzle, Plants vs Zombies is a hugely popular title available on many platforms; it's bound to prompt a few gamers to install the Amazon Appstore app on their Android device.
It's not much of a secret that Amazon is developing it's own Android tablet, or perhaps even tablets. Boy Genius Report claims to have some insider info that says there'll be an 'entry level' device codenamed "Coyote" and running on Nvidia's dual-core Tegra 2 chip (the same chip powering the Xoom and a bunch of other current Android tablets), and a more powerful tablet, codenamed "Hollywood" that'll be running on Nvidia's upcoming quad-core chip, which itself is codenamed Kal-El (for the non-nerds out there, that's Superman's birth name). BGR says both tablets will ship in 2011. I'll be surprised if we see any Kal-El devices out before the end of the year, given how long it took Tegra - powered devices to get to market, but we'll see.
Anyway, the point is that it seems very very likely that Amazon will have at least one Android tablet ready for market by the holiday season, and clearly the plan is for them to ship with the Amazon Appstore pre-installed. (It'll be interesting to see if the Android Market is also pre-loaded onto these tablets; I'm guessing it won't be.) Amazon is doing everything it can to have a well-stocked store ready and waiting for new customers.
They seem to be off to a good start. For more information you can read the PopCap Press Release. And don't forget to download Chuzzle while it's still free!