Amazon Appstore launching in Europe this summer; will the Kindle Fire follow?
According to a report by All Things D, Amazon is planning on finally launching its app store in Europe this summer. As of right now, the Amazon Appstore has only been available to consumers in the United States. Although there’s no specific time when the Appstore will be available internationally, Amazon is to make an announcement next week that will enable them to start accepting apps from developers in Europe soon.
There’s no telling if Amazon will also start selling the Kindle Fire internationally once they get the Appstore rolling in Europe. At the moment, Amazon’s Appstore features apps that are compatible with smartphones and the Kindle Fire tablet. It will most-likely take some time for the Kindle Fire to be available internationally due to the licensing required for selling music and videos in each of the European markets.
Although Amazon doesn’t release sales figures on its Kindle line of tablets, it is said that sales of the Kindle Fire has dropped significantly since the Q4 2011 to Q1 2012. According to research published by IDC, shipments of the Kindle Fire fell from 4.8 million units in Q4 2011 to just 750,000 during Q1 2012. Making the Kindle Fire available internationally is definitely high on Amazon’s list if they want additional people to get their hands on the device.
At the moment, Amazon has its services available in the following six European countries: United Kingdom, France, Germany, Austria, Spain, and Italy.
Source: All Things D