Amazon has finally taken the big step of expanding the scope of its online apps marketplace. Until now, the Android Appstore was available only in U.S., U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Japan and Spain. But now, the e-retail giant is expanding the Appstore so that it will be available in a total of 200 countries.
In other words, Amazon’s Android Appstore is now truly global. The new countries where the Appstore will be made available include Latin American countries, Canada, South Africa, Australia as well as South Korea.
The move is very significant in that it will be able to attract millions of new users to the Appstore, in turn significantly bolstering Amazon’s revenues. At the same time, apps developers will be more interested in a marketplace that lets them access such a huge audience.
The international launch of the app store will happen in the coming days. Meanwhile, Amazon is asking the developers to submit new apps which will be distributed to the 200 countries where the store will soon be available.
Commenting on this move, Amazon’s Vice President of Apps and Games, Mike George stated, “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.”