Amazon Appstore heads to UK, will Kindle Fire follow?
By Nicole Kobie
Posted on 21 Jun 2012 at 09:38
Amazon's Appstore will finally arrive in the UK this summer, a year after it launched in the US.
Amazon is already taking app submissions for the international version of its app store, which will open in the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain this summer, with more locations planned in the future.
"We’re excited to open the door to even more opportunity by expanding app sales outside the US," said Jim Adkins, vice president of the Amazon Appstore. "We see tremendous potential for current developers in our distribution program to grow with the international expansion. We also encourage new developers to join and participate in the platform’s growth.”
The American version of the Appstore has "tens of thousands" of apps and games, Amazon said. The US store sells Amazon apps for devices running the Google OS, including its own Kindle Fire, which has yet to launch in the UK.
The overseas extension of the Appstore suggests Amazon is planning to sell the Fire overseas. While reports have long suggested that's in the works, Amazon hasn't said the Fire will arrive alongside the store, if at all.
While the Appstore will make it easier to push games and apps to the Android tablet, Amazon will also have to reach licensing deals with movie and TV content providers in each country. The Fire initially sold well in the US, letting it grab the second-best selling tablet spot at the end of last year, but sales have tapered off this year, according to analyst firm IDC.
Developers already selling via the American store will have their apps made for sale internationally by default, but can change settings if they don't want to sell to a specific country.
Amazon has also tweaked how it pays developers. Previously, it paid 70% of sales price or 20% of list price, whichever was greater. It will now simply pay 70% of the app's list price, the same model for its in-app purchases.
Is your business a social business? For helpful info and tips visit our hub.
- 20 years of PC Pro: our greatest review mistakes
- 20 years of PC Pro: our first A-List
- Wikipedia's "right to be forgotten" protest hits the wrong note
- 3D printing hits the high street for plastic selfies
- 20 years of PC Pro: What amazed us in our first issue
- How Google Glass ruined my lunch hour
- Smartphone battery packs: can a USB power pack beat the festival battery blues?
- Windows Easy Transfer – not so "easy" in Windows 8.1
- Formula 1: what a difference virtualisation makes
- Office of the future: comfy chairs and tablets everywhere
- 10 ways to make your business more secure
- Top five VoIP mistakes
- How to add in-app purchasing to an iPhone, Android or Windows app
- Remote-control ransomware: TeamViewer and software hardball
- Why laptops with serial ports matter to the Internet of Things
- Make your mobile battery last longer
- Small steps into handling Big Data
- Nexus 5: does it really run stock Android?
- How to get broadband to a garden office
- How to write your company's IT security policy