Amazon Appstore, which was initially available only in United States, was later expanded to six more countries, but the latest expansion takes the tally to a total of 195 countries.
This expansion makes Amazon Appstore the biggest paid (as well as free) app store in the world in terms of the reach. Windows Phone store is at the 2nd place with availability in 180 countries followed by Blackberry (171), Apple iTunes (155) and Google Play (134).
The new update to the Appstore client not only brings support for more countries but also performance improvements and bug-fixes.
Here is the full change-log for Amazon Appstore v5.0
- Support for nearly 200 countries, including Australia, Brazil, India, Mexico and South Africa to shop on the US store, Support for additional EU countries, including Austria, Switzerland, Ireland, and Belgium to shop on existing EU stores
- Performance enhancements
- Other bug fixes and stability enhancements
A few facts about Amazon Appstore
- Amazon Appstore currently houses over 85,000 free and paid Android applications
- It offers a paid app for free daily as a part of its ‘Today’s free app of the day’ promotion
- You will need access to a valid credit card to get apps (including free ones) from Amazon Appstore for Android.
Full press release:
Amazon Appstore for Android Now Open in Nearly 200 Countries Worldwide
Millions of Amazon customers can now discover their favorite apps and games online, from their Android mobile devices and Kindle Fires with Amazon Appstore
SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May. 23, 2013– (NASDAQ:AMZN) – Amazon.com announced today that the Amazon Appstore is now available to millions of customers in nearly 200 countries, giving them access to apps and games from top brands like Disney and Electronic Arts, new releases including “Angry Birds Friends” and “Iron Man 3,” all-time favorites like “Temple Run 2” and “Plants vs. Zombies,” and indie titles like “The Room” and “Beach Buggy Blitz.” Customers around the world can now buy apps and games directly from the Amazon Appstore on Macs, PCs or Android phones and tablets (including Kindle Fire). Amazon also announced that Kindle Fire will be available in over 170 new countries on June 13.
To celebrate the launch, the Amazon Appstore is bringing back one of its most popular Free Apps of the Day, “Fruit Ninja,” along with “Cut the Rope: Experiments.” These will be available, for free, on May 23 and May 24, respectively. With the Amazon Appstore, customers will have access to popular features like the “Free App of the Day,” which offers a paid app for free every day. In addition, the Amazon Appstore includes popular Amazon features like personalized recommendations, customer reviews and 1-Click payments. One of the important benefits of the Amazon Appstore is that Amazon tests apps and games to make sure they function and perform properly before they are made available to customers. In addition, Amazon backs its apps and games with its own world-class Customer Service. Apps and games purchased from Amazon can be used across any compatible Android device, enabling customers to buy an app or game once and enjoy it everywhere. For a limited time, consumers will also find great promotions and discounts on popular games from leading brands such as Ubisoft, Sega and Rovio, including Angry Birds Space for free through June 3. Customers can visit www.amazon.com/appstore to start browsing apps.
“We are thrilled to be expanding the reach of our global app distribution to nearly 200 countries. We think our customers will love the app selection we have to offer and also find features such as Free App of the Day and personalized recommendations very helpful as they discover and explore new apps and games,” said Mike George, Vice President of Apps and Games at Amazon. “By further expanding the distribution of apps to millions of customers around the world, we are continuing to make it easy for customers to enjoy their Amazon apps on Kindle Fire and any Android device.”