The United States has had the pleasure of having the Amazon App Store exclusively for quite some time now, but those in other foreign countries haven’t had the luxury of enjoying the Amazon App Store, at least, until today. After years of exclusivity, Amazon has announced just today that they will be bringing the Amazon App Store to the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and Spain and will be giving those European customers access to a numerous amount of Android Apps from phones and tablets. As an added bonus to that, Amazon will also be featuring the widely known “Free App of the Day.”
Hopefully this increased exposure of the App Store will be giving its competitors some fair competition in the European markets. Here’s what Amazon had to say about the release in Europe:
“Customers in the US have purchased millions of apps, games, in-app items and subscriptions since the store launched last year, and we’ve received great feedback about discovery features like Free App of the Day. We evaluate and test games and apps before making them available in the Appstore so we ensure customers have a great experience with the games and apps they purchase,” said Jim Adkins, Vice President of Amazon Appstore. “Amazon has spent years developing innovative features that help customers find and discover the products that are right for them and have applied that know-how to the Amazon Appstore. We’re delighted to extend that experience to our European customers.”
Amazon also noted a few other big hits on the Amazon App Store They had this to say about the release in Europe:
“Amazon’s Free App of the Day programme is really unique,” said Peter Vesterbacka, Rovio Mighty Eagle and CMO. “Over the past year we have offered Amazon customers some of our best-selling premium games like ’Angry Birds Rio’ and ’Angry Birds Seasons’, for free, and the response has been truly overwhelming. We are pleased to offer Amazon customers another one of our most popular premium titles, ’Angry Birds’, for free today.”
“Amazon customers are very important to us, and ’Cut the Rope’ and ’Cut the Rope: Experiments’ have been in the top of the charts on Amazon Appstore in the US. We are focused on delivering great gaming experiences to our users all over the world, and are looking forward to reaching more ’Cut the Rope’ fans as Amazon launches its store in Europe,” said Misha Lyalin, CEO ZeptoLab.
“At Glu we’ve always been an early adopter of Amazon services for both building and selling our mobile games. For example, “Frontline Commando” was one of the first games on the Amazon Appstore to offer IAP and subscriptions. This game also leverages Amazon’s S3 and Sync services,” said Niccolo de Masi, Chief Executive Officer of Glu Mobile. “Amazon offers us exposure to its large customer base and we will continue to use the Amazon platform in our efforts to grow our business.”
Is anyone of our friends in the foreign lands of Europe looking forward to getting your hands on the Amazon App Store? Or…were you already content with either the iOS App Store or even Google Play? I personally have the Amazon App Store on my phone but I rarely bother using it as Google Play has all my needs and I personally think Google Play has better quality applications over the Amazon App Store.
Most of all, do you think that the Amazon App Store arrival will be replacing Google Play for you or do you think the same way I do in the case that it does not have a whole lot of quality apps to use? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
source: Talk Android