Amazon expands Android Appstore to reach nearly 200 countries

appstore1On the same day Amazon rolled out Kindle Fire HD availability to 170 countries, the Seattle online giant also announced that its Appstore for Android is now available internationally to countries such as Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, India, South Africa and South Korea — reaching nearly 200 countries around the world.

The Appstore was previously available only in the U.S., France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan, and United Kingdom, but today’s announcement should attract more developers to the Kindle platform and lay the groundwork for Amazon to continue growing the market for its Kindle Fire tablet.

Amazon previously announced the expansion last month and started taking app submissions from developers in additional countries, aiming to stock its virtual shelves in advance of today’s broader international launch.

To celebrate the expansion, Amazon will offer up “Fruit Ninja” for its Free App of the Day on Thursday, along with “Cut the Rope: Experiments” on Friday.

Earlier this month, Amazon launched its app store in China to become the first Western company to offer both free and paid Android apps to consumers in the world’s largest smartphone market.

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