In a move the likely signals the nearing launch of the Kindle Fire in Europe, the Amazon Appstore has opened its virtual doors in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain. The apps marketplace, which went online last year in the US, will mirror Amazon’s American offering with a daily free app, one-click payment, recommendations, and reviews.
The launch comes as Amazon’s competitors in the 7-inch tablet space begin to gain ground outside the US, with the launch of several Nook products from Barnes & Noble overseas and growing global attention towards the Nexus 7. Speculation is that Amazon will follow suit with their Kindle Fire, and a full-fledge storefront for apps and games is certainly a key component to their strategy. New Kindle and Kindle Fire models are expected to be unveiled next month.