In sync with launching the Kindle Fire HD in 170 countries, Amazon has also opened up its Appstore in nearly 200 countries. Android users (including non-Kindle Fire HD users) can now get the Appstore and buy Android apps. This follows Amazon’s announcement last month of its plans to launch the Appstore in 200 countries this year. The world’s largest online retailer differentiates itself from Google’s Play Store by claiming it tests and checks every app before it appears on its store, which would at least theoretically ensure there is no malware unlike the Play Store. Also Read - Windows 11 review: Is it the right time to try the new shade?Also Read - Amazon to shut down 'Underground Actually Free' program under which it offers free Android apps
At the time of the announcement we had correctly analyzed the move to precede the global roll out of the Kindle Fire HD tablet. Amazon is also rumored to be working on a smartphone, which it could unveil sometime this year. The global rollout of the Kindle Fire HD could be a dry run for a similar launch of its smartphone. With Amazon’s content ecosystem, a smartphone could pose a big challenge to both Apple and Google. Also Read - BlackBerry piggy backs on Amazon to get 240,000 Android apps for BB10
Like Amazon, Google’s Nexus range of smartphones and tablets have been very popular and Google too has recently started to sell both the tablet and smartphone in additional markets including India.