Amazon’s Announces Major Android Appstore ExpansionBy: Josh Wolford - April 17, 2013
Amazon has just announced that they are making another international expansion of the Android Appstore.
They’ve notified developers that they can now submit their apps for distribution in a bunch of new countries including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, India, South Africa, South Korea, and even Papua New Guinea and Vatican City.
Amazon says that the Android Appstore will launch in these countries “in the coming months.”
This brings the total number of markets with access to the Amazon Appstore to almost 200.
If you’re a developer, and you’re already registered, your apps will be internationally distributed automatically, unless you designate otherwise.
“Amazon’s platform is a complete end-to-end solution for developers wanting to build, market and monetize their apps and games on Kindle Fire and Android devices,” said Mike George, Vice President of Apps and Games at Amazon. “Allowing developers to target distribution of their apps and games in even more international countries is yet another important milestone as we strive to serve consumers and developers globally. Many of our existing developers have localized their apps and games for international consumers, and we look forward to working with new developers that have been waiting to bring their apps to more Amazon customers across the globe.”
Of course, Amazon’s Kindle Fire isn’t available in many of these new countries. But with the expansion, Android users in those areas can still utilize that Amazon App Store on their mobile devices = giving Amazon a foothold some new markets where they can compete with the likes of Apple and Google.
Amazon’s Appstore turned two years old a few weeks ago. Since it’s launch, it has already expanded to many parts of Europe and Japan.[Photo via Chris.Gray, Flickr]