Amazon Appstore goes abroad, brings its wares to Europe


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.

[via GigaOM]


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  1. I realize that Canada is a relatively small market, but it’s no smaller than most European countries. So when are we going to start getting some love from the geographically walled garden that is Amazon?

  2. I know it’s a lot of work to get approval for these things in other countries but I didn’t expect it to take this long.

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