Amazon's Appstore expands to five European countries

The service is now available to Android customers in the U.K., Germany, France, Italy, and Spain.

Screenshot by Don Reisinger/CNET

Android users in several European countries can now use Amazon's app marketplace.

The company announced today that its Appstore is now available to consumers in the U.K., Germany, France, Italy, and Spain. As with the store in the U.S., users will be able to find and download Android apps to either their smartphones or tablets.

Now that Amazon has expanded to more countries, the company's marketplace is even more a competitor to its chief alternative, Google's Play.

Outside of the Android market, Apple's App Store is still going strong. Earlier this year, Apple announced that it was launching its App Store in 32 new markets , including Albania and Papua New Guinea, among others. All told, Apple's App Store is available in 155 regions across the world.

Amazon's Appstore expansion comes less than a week after the company announced a special press event for September 6 . The e-retail giant is expected to unveil new Kindles.

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Don Reisinger is a technology columnist who has covered everything from HDTVs to computers to Flowbee Haircut Systems. Besides his work with CNET, Don's work has been featured in a variety of other publications including PC World and a host of Ziff-Davis publications.

 

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