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Amazon Appstore readies for international distribution

A smattering of European countries will be first non-U.S. markets to offer the Amazon Appstore later this year.

Amazon Appstore packs its bags ahead of international expansion.

For all the success that Amazon has enjoyed with its Appstore for Android, that's largely been the case only in the United States. Yet, that looks to change later this year as developers can now ready their apps for distribution across a number of European markets.

Android developers logging into the Amazon Developer Portal will find that they can submit apps and games for release in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and Spain. It's not immediately known when the internal expansion will begin, however Amazon promises even more markets are on the horizon.

Since its launch a little over a year ago, Amazon has seen success with their Appstore for Android. As one of the first major non-Google outlets for apps, the Amazon Appstore has seen tremendous developer interest. What's more, users seem to enjoy features such as 1-click purchase, in-app purchasing, and test driving.

With more than 31,000 apps available for Kindle Fire and other Android devices, the Appstore has been a great option for mobile developers looking to monetize their titles. It stands to reason that our friends across the pond will come to appreciate the Google Play alternative.