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May
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Gordon Gekko tells us that "Greed is Good," a sentiment that I happen to agree with under the circumstances. n Amazon's continuing effort to be the first place everybody turns to for their Internet purchases, the online retail giant has updated its Android Appstore to v5.0 and now supports "nearly 200" countries. Thanks to an announcement last month, we know that this expansion propels the precise count from merely 7 markets up to a shocking 195. While Amazon's list counts a few non-sovereign nations and dependent territories, the total coverage still soars well above Apple's 155 or Google's 134 (for paid apps). For laughs, I also looked up the other competitors in the mobile space to find that Windows Phone 8 now falls to 2nd place with 180 countries, and Blackberry trails slightly behind at 171.

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Changelog:

  • International support for customers in Canada
  • 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

Based on the changelog, it appears that app availability will be dictated by the US store for all countries except those in the EU, which are governed by their own stores. For many locales, this will be the first time citizens will have the option to legally purchase Android apps without resorting to VPNs, hacks, or annoying licensing options.

Getting the latest version running on your device is pretty simple. Make sure you have enabled "installation of apps from unknown sources" and install the apk from amazon.com/getappstore. You can also try to check for updates from within the Amazon Appstore by going through Menu -> Settings -> Version and Release Notes, but that method doesn't seem to work for most people yet.

Congratulations, Amazon! Scientists in Antarctica can now buy Angry Birds!

Thanks, @Sp1tfirestarter

Cody Toombs
Cody is a Software Engineer and Writer with a mildly overwhelming obsession with smartphones and the mobile world. If he’s been pulled away from the computer for any length of time, you might find him talking about cocktails and movies, sometimes resulting in the consumption of both.

  • IrishSid

    Is this just to get us to use their app store or do they offer anything more over the play store?

    • squiddy20

      Well, they have had the Free App of the Day going pretty much since they started their app store, so you could potentially have a couple hundred really good apps for $0.
      On the other hand, for those apps that are in both Google Play and Amazon, usually the apps on Amazon get updates way later (if it all). Not to mention the fact that you have to have the Amazon Appstore app installed in order to use any of the apps you get from them.

      • UniBroW

        "Not to mention the fact that you have to have the Amazon Appstore app installed in order to use any of the apps you get from them."

        That's not completely true, you need to have the Amazon app store installed to play games that feature Amazon's drm they offer. Not all games feature this.

        • Cuvis

          Unless things have changed drastically from when I last used them, no app from the Amazon appstore will work if the appstore itself isn't running in the background. Even free ones.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

            Strictly speaking, it is up to the developer to implement the licensing mechanism. If there are no licensing checks in the code, the app would run fine without Amazon's Appstore installed. However, I haven't heard of any developers (of paid apps) choosing not to include that protection, since it would effectively mean giving away the app for piracy.

            Also, I'm not sure, but I bet Amazon's curation and testing process probably checks to ensure that paid apps are implementing the licensing checks, and may turn away any that aren't.

          • Cuvis

            Are you sure about that? Like I said, I used to use it back in the Gingerbread days, and I had a Watchdog task set up to kill the app if it went over 50% CPU utilization in the background (which happened with depressing regularity). And whenever it got killed, and I tried to open one of the apps I'd downloaded from them (even free ones -- not just "free app of the day" but actual, everyday free ones) I'd get an error. Are you sure Amazon just doesn't wrap up the app in their DRM themselves using some kind of automated process?

    • EraserXIV

      They offer a Gingerbread UI and slow loading times. I will concede though, everyday they do give you a free useless app that you normally need to pay for.

    • Lumi

      Tapatalk is free there, in addition to the occasionally awesome but mostly crappy free app of the day

  • bat0nas

    Nope! This can't be true.

    • bat0nas

      It's true!! Finally I was able to download my first free game of the day :D LOL

  • EdLessard

    Aaaannnnndddd.....it's still ridiculously slow.

    • http://www.facebook.com/sfreemanoh Steve Freeman

      That's a feature.

    • http://twitter.com/AirRonan1 AirRonan

      like Albert explained I am in shock that people can make $5167 in four weeks on the network.

    • http://twitter.com/AirRonan1 AirRonan

      ...---goo.gl/jn1cw (Home more information)

  • EraserXIV

    When are they going to fix the ridiculously outdated UI? There's been tons of updates and without fail that hideous menu button always shows up in my nav bar. Amazon, Gingerbread called, it wants it UI back.

  • http://www.appfeed.net/ Rami

    What about the Free App of the Day, will all those 190 countries be able to get it?

    • bat0nas

      It is working in Lithuania. Just downloaded today's game "100000" (or whatever is the name).

  • A

    Not working for me (Canada). I went to the address, downloaded and ran it, and it opens fine, but when I try to get an app, it tells me to "shop on your local marketplace" and that my country settings aren't supported. :/

    • cvg

      Same here, no Canada!?!?

      • cvg

        5 hours later, and Canada is now included!

  • RitishOemraw

    Yay netherlands finaly officially supoorted...maybe I should change my adress info to my actual home adress now.....or not :D

  • CrazyPaladin

    Aaaaaaaand still no China, what a surprise...

  • tumatos

    finally. updated and was able to download 1000000000000000000 which I already had bought from play store :)
    about time, not that I feel like I lost too much since they stopped allowing to download apps even though the credit card and address was US based.

  • Tiago Pestana

    What about Portugal?

    • tumatos

      works.

  • Cuvis

    I haven't used Amazon's app store since Gingerbread. Does it still continuously phone home and eat CPU cycles like Pez in the background?

    • blueseeker

      Probably. That's the reason I deleted the apk from my phone with all the effort I put in fooling the store to think that I'm in the US. I hate it even more after I noticed that I can't use the apps already downloaded without the apk.

  • Csokis

    Working in Hungary! :)

  • jani jokela

    works in Finland

  • Marcus

    Neat, I can finally buy my own app from Amazon.

  • The Stig

    The map is a lie. Jordan is not included in the list, and yet they highlight it in the map.

  • Rejo
  • ari_free

    From 7 to 195? Maybe we'll finally have a real alternative to Play after all.

  • Tee

    This is July and i still cant download free apps here in Nigeria... is my country on the list?