Amazon is getting close to launching its Appstore in Europe later this summer, marking the first time the store will be available outside the U.S., according to sources familiar with the company’s plans.
Timing is a little vague, but from what I’m hearing, the e-commerce giant is expected to announce next week that it will start accepting submissions from developers soon.
Similar to the Apple App Store and Google Play, Amazon’s virtual store allows consumers to download mobile apps to Android phones and tablets. Once available, the Appstore will likely work across most Android devices in Europe, but more interesting to consider is whether the announcement signals that Amazon is preparing to sell the Kindle Fire internationally.
Like the Appstore, the company’s iPad competitor has only been for sale in the U.S.
Sales of the Fire appear to be declining, so opening it up to a larger market makes a lot of sense.