The Amazon Appstore heads to Europe

This past week, Amazon.com announced that it is opening its appstore to European customers for the first time. Amazon apps have only been available to US customers, but now Android users in the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, and France will be able to join in the fun:

Customers in the U.S. have purchased millions of apps, games, in-app items and subscriptions since the store launched last year, and we’ve received great feedback about discovery features like Free App of the Day. We evaluate and test games and apps before making them available in the Appstore so we ensure customers have a great experience with the games and apps they purchase,” said Jim Adkins, Vice President of Amazon Appstore. “Amazon has spent years developing innovative features that help customers find and discover the products that are right for them and have applied that know-how to the Amazon Appstore. We’re delighted to extend that experience to our European customers. (from Amazon’s press release)

The Amazon Appstore has a large variety of free apps, and they usually offer the best prices on all of the major paid ones. Their appstore trounces the Nook’s, but isn’t as large as the Google Play Store. Amazon’s free paid app daily giveaway is often a game with horrible ratings (reviews on some of the apps have even accused them of being adware/spyware!), but over the holiday season last year they gave away the Android OfficeSuite Pro 5 app ($14.99). I’m hoping that the new Kindle Fire release (which will most surely extend to Europe after hearing this news) will bring out another great free app deal. Surprise me Amazon.

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