Amazon to accept HTML5 apps for Kindle Fire

Summary:Amazon also said it is offering tools to debug and monetize HTML5 apps. Best practices are also available to walk developers through the submission process.

Amazon on Wednesday said that it will begin taking HTML5 applications and mobile friendly Web sites in its app store.

The support for HTML5 applications means developers will get broader distribution through the Amazon Kindle Fire ecosystem and be marketed with native apps.

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Amazon also said it is offering tools to debug and monetize HTML5 apps. The tools include a Web App Tester, which offers an environment to test applications. There's also an Amazon In-App Purchasing API for JavaScript.

Best practices are also available to walk developers through the submission process.

According to the company HTML5 apps can run better on the Kindle Fire now because it's based on a runtime based on the Chromium project.

Here's a diagram of the submission process. 

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Topics: Web development, Amazon, Apps, Tablets

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