Amazon today announced its plans to expand its Android Appstore to nearly 200 countries, which includes India. According to the announcement, developers can now start submitting apps for global distribution when the store is made available globally later this year. “These apps will be made available in the coming months when the Amazon Appstore for Android launches internationally for consumers,” reads the statement issued by Amazon. Also Read - Amazon to shut down 'Underground Actually Free' program under which it offers free Android appsAlso Read - BlackBerry piggy backs on Amazon to get 240,000 Android apps for BB10
Amazon is expected to launch a smartphone this year, which like the Kindle Fire tablets will run on a forked version of Android. Amazon recently started selling the Kindle e-book reader in India and other international markets. The move to make its Android Appstore available internationally hints at Amazon’s plans to probably first launch the Kindle Fire in more markets followed by a wider roll-out of its rumored smartphone, once it is unveiled later this year. Also Read - Amazon Appstore now available in nearly 200 countries
Google too officially launched the Nexus tablet in India via the Play Store a few weeks ago and is expected to introduce carrier billing with a planned roll-out of an update to its Play Store. Users in India can now also buy books and movies from the Play Store, a move that preceded the Nexus 7 availability. Apple too launched its iTunes Store’s movies and music catalog in more than 50 countries including India last December, before launching the Apple TV in India.