TechCrunch is reporting that Amazon is preparing to launch their own Android app store, possibly tied into the Kindle app. So users will be able to buy apps alongside books. According to the story, app developers will be able to offer both free and paid apps in the store, Amazon will take care of payments and DRM, and Amazon will have decision-making power over what apps are approved. Be sure to read the TechCrunch story for all the details.
In a related rumor, TechCrunch also got word that Amazon is preparing to launch an Android-based tablet. No further details or specs are known or even rumored at this point, but there have been rumblings in the past that Amazon is working on additional hardware. Their latest ad campaign takes aim squarely at the iPad, so it stands to reason that they might want to develop a tablet themselves.
Everything is rumor at this point, but if true, it would make sense for Amazon to have the tablet and app store ready for the holiday shopping season (though, of course, they may not), so we'll hopefully know more soon. [via TechCrunch]