Amazon’s Appstore has always been limited to the US, but that seems like it is about to change according to AllThings D. According to their sources, Amazon will launch the Appstore in Europe this summer, although a more narrow timeframe was not mentioned. On the other hand, it was said that Amazon will apparently announce next week, their plans to accept app submissions from developers.
The biggest use for the Amazon Appstore comes from the Kindle Fire, since it doesn’t have access to the Play Store (not without a little hacking at least) so if they want to be successful in Europe, they have to start selling the device over there as well, which could prove to be not easy since they have to get several licenses to be able to distribute Amazon’s biggest strength which is music and video, if they go with apps alone, they will most likely fail. As a whole package they have proven to be a tough competitor, at least in the US.
Hopefully they have plans to expand not only into Europe but the rest of the world as well, there are many people wanting to use this kind of services all over the world, like South America. So far those countries have been left out in the cold, not only from Amazon but from Google itself, without access to books, movies or music, and many online services. Let’s hope things start to go a bit more worldwide and less US exclusive fast, for the benefit of every user.
Source: AllThings D