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Apr
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At the moment, the Amazon Appstore is available in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and Japan. But that's hardly enough for Amazon's global ambitions. In a press release, the company announced plans to widen the Appstore to "nearly 200 countries" across North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. A specific timeframe was also absent, but prospective developers can manage their international distribution on the Mobile App Distribution Portal.

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Important markets like India, Australia, Mexico, Brazil, Canada, South Africa, and South Korea were highlighted. With 195 countries in its marketplace, Amazon should be handily beating Google Play (currently sitting at 134 countries which can buy apps on the Play Store) even if it takes them the rest of the year to fully realize their goal.

Amazon took the opportunity to highlight their exclusive developer and sales tools, most notably their trademark one-click purchasing system and in-app purchases. While details were scarce, it's a pretty fair bet that the IAP platform will be making it to most, if not all, of the Appstore's upcoming territories. GameCircle, Amazon's API-based proprietary social gaming platform, was given as a major reason for some selected developers' successes in the Appstore.

Amazon still lags behind Google in the number of total users, and they tend to run up against the same licensing issues when expanding book, magazine, movie, and music availability across international borders. But these expansion plans show that Amazon is committed to their Android platform for the long haul, and in a way that exceeds the footprint of the Kindle Fire hardware. They're also expanding their relationship with hardware partners, getting more and more phone makers to include the Appstore on retail phones and tablets. Love it or hate it, the Amazon Appstore is becoming impossible to ignore on a global scale.

Here's the full list of countries, from Amazon's developer portal. Holy cow, they're coming to Pitcairn - Google, watch out.

  • Aland Islands
  • Albania
  • American Samoa
  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Anguilla
  • Antarctica
  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Aruba
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bermuda
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Bouvet Island
  • Brazil
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Bulgaria
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Cape Verde
  • Cayman Islands
  • Central African Republic
  • Chile
  • Christmas Island
  • Cocos (Keeling) Islands
  • Colombia
  • Congo
  • Congo, Democratic Republic
  • Cook Islands
  • Costa Rica
  • Cote D'Ivoire
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Estonia
  • Ethiopia
  • Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
  • Faroe Islands
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Guiana
  • French Polynesia
  • French Southern Territories
  • French West Indies - Guadeloupe
  • French West Indies - Martinique
  • Gabon
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Greenland
  • Grenada
  • Guam
  • Guatemala
  • Guernsey
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Heard Island and McDonald Island
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Isle of Man
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jersey
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Latvia
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macao
  • Macedonia
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Malta
  • Mariana Islands
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritius
  • Mayotte
  • Mexico
  • Micronesia
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Montserrat
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • Netherlands Antilles
  • New Caledonia
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Niue
  • Norfolk Island
  • Norway
  • Palau
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Pitcairn
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Reunion
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Helena
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • St. Barthelemy
  • St. Martin
  • Suriname
  • Svalbard and Jan Mayen
  • Swaziland
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tokelau
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Turks & Caicos
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • United States Minor Outlying Islands
  • Uruguay
  • US Virgin Islands
  • Vanuatu
  • Vatican City State (Holy See)
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Wallis and Futuna
  • Western Sahara
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--(NASDAQ: AMZN) – Amazon.com, Inc. continued the global expansion of its Appstore today by announcing that developers can now submit their apps for distribution in nearly 200 countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, India, South Africa, South Korea, and even Papua New Guinea and Vatican City. These apps will be made available in the coming months when the Amazon Appstore for Android launches internationally for consumers. Registered developers who want international distribution will have their apps automatically made available for download, unless they designate otherwise. This international expansion is the latest in a series of Amazon Appstore for Android launches, which have included the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Japan. Signing up is easy and developers can get started today by visiting the Amazon Mobile App Distribution Portal.

Developers throughout the world are experiencing strong monetization and user engagement through Kindle Fire and the Amazon Appstore. The success is being driven by Amazon’s large customer base and industry-leading e-commerce features like 1-Click purchasing, Amazon’s APIs for In-App Purchasing (IAP) and A/B Testing, and GameCircle, Amazon’s gaming experience for Kindle Fire. A recent study of more than 500 games that utilize in-app purchasing on Amazon found that GameCircle-enabled mobile games earned 83 percent more average revenue per user (ARPU) than non-GameCircle games.

“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.”

Monetization Success
P2 Games is a UK based publisher of interactive games. “We launched our Kindle Fire version of Peppa Pig in January 2013 and within a couple of weeks we saw the sales on Kindle Fire overtake Google Play to a factor of four or five times,” said Peter Sleeman, Director, P2 Games Limited. “Kindle Fire is now a legitimate contender and although our apps have been out much longer on the iOS formats our current rate of sale is close to parity with iOS most days.”

Mobile Deluxe is the creator of popular games like Big Win Slots and Jewel Factory. "We see superior engagement, retention, and monetization from players who download our games from Amazon,” said Sean Thompson, Vice President of Mobile Deluxe. “The GameCircle integration is helping us achieve 40 percent better per-user monetization rates compared to non-Amazon players. We're excited to continue this momentum as the Amazon Appstore grows into more and more international countries."

Playmous is a UK mobile games publisher. "We were excited to see how fast the Kindle Fire install base was growing in the UK and other European countries,” said Anton Volnykh, Playmous. “Our initial launch on the Amazon Appstore in October was targeted to Europe only and we saw 4x growth in paid downloads when we launched the second campaign in just 6 weeks after the initial release. Moreover, our conversion rate from the free version to the paid version of the game has been 30% higher than on other app stores on average with the same product."

Anuman Interactive is a French multimedia publishing company. "With 30 apps released since April 2012, more than 80 percent of the Anuman's Android sales were realized on the Amazon Appstore,” said Stephane Longeard, CEO Anuman Interactive. “This store is extraordinarily easy to use with its recommendations system and secure 1-Click payment technology. We are really glad to reach people all over the world, thanks to Amazon Appstore."

Developer Support
Big Duck Games is the developer of the popular puzzler Flow Free. "We've been distributing our games on Amazon since May 2012. Today, we have many hundreds of thousands of daily sessions on Amazon," said Sharon Newman, Vice President, Big Duck Games. "It's a great audience that deeply engages with our games, and we're excited to reach an even larger audience with the added international launches of the Amazon Appstore."

Imangi Studios is the creator of the popular game Temple Run. "We've integrated with Amazon's In-App Purchasing and GameCircle APIs, which was a breeze," says Keith Shephard, CEO of Imangi Studios. "We've seen significantly higher customer engagement with Temple Run since the integration, making the few, short steps worth it. We're looking forward to following the Amazon Appstore as it expands into more international countries."

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Yorick
    • Jeremiah Rice

      Ah, thank you. Update coming in a minute.

  • Kaero

    I can't see myself ever using this... I like having all my apps centralized under one store. Adding another to my device would just be... confusing ><

    • ScottColbert

      So, does buying groceries at different stores confuse you too?

      • Ping Ling

        Groceries come and rather quickly go. Apps stay and have to be maintained (updated). So not a good analogy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dave-Nelson/1285630758 Dave Nelson

    I love alternatives to Google! More stores equals more variety and is better for consumers and developers. Thanks Amazon!

  • http://www.geekchoice.com/washington-dc Dagmar Schneitz

    It's a good thing Amazon is pushing this globally. I can't think of too many Americans using this, thanks to so much competition available to us.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tomas.misevicius Tomas Misevicius

    OMG! Is this really happening?! Finally I can get my FREE APP OF THE DAY :D :D :)

    • Mental_Moose

      Finally they are planning to give you the free app of the day at some unspecified point in the future.
      Still better than "maybe" though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dave-Nelson/1285630758 Dave Nelson

    I can't wait for the Samsung Appstore. We should be free to buy our apps from wherever we want. No more 'walled ecosystems'!!!

  • http://twitter.com/meminfil m.emin

    they're coming to Pitcairn but not to Turkey? Hello there are some people living in that lands and using that phones!

    • http://www.facebook.com/kreatoorn Umut Tan

      This. Is. Ridiculous.

  • John Mulligan

    1. You list continents and I think, "I'm surprised they aren't including Australia," but then the next sentence immediately says Australia. Anyone else notice that?

    2. I'm surprised Singapore isn't on the list.

  • Milos Lukic

    Great news for users in Serbia. After Google blocked app sale here last year without any explanation we will finally be able to buy Android apps again. Thank you Amazon!

  • http://www.facebook.com/hariyanto.chang Hariyanto Chang

    No Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Wow.

  • CrazyPaladin

    Let me guess, no China? Yeah, no China, that sucks

  • Al McDowall

    Still no China? DAMMIT!!!

  • Asanka Amarasinghe

    Yay Sri Lanka is on the list! (Don't actually know if it's a good thing or a bad thing though... anyway more choices can't be bad, isn't it?)

  • jesuguru

    Bought my Note 2 7100 (unrooted stock rom) here in China months ago, using Amazon app store for months with no problem. Confused, but not complaining. I did register my account with Amazon a couple years ago when I was living in the US though, maybe that has something to do with it.

  • http://twitter.com/Andrey4android Андрей

    More app-stores for the Mother Russia! :D

    We already have classic Google Play and exclusive http://store.yandex.com/ and now that! I'm really glad :)

  • me

    only israel in the middle east, yet the put a huge blob in their site as if they covered jordan and neighbors. not a single MENA state in that list :( (thats 22 states)

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