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Amazon's Appstore expanding to nearly 200 countries

The company is now allowing developers to submit programs that will reach scores more countries than before.

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Amazon's Appstore is about to grow awfully big in a short amount of time.

The company today announced that developers can now submit applications to its marketplace for nearly 200 countries. The new entrants to the company's Appstore include Australia, Brazil, Canada, and Vatican City.

Before developers get too excited, it's important to note that the apps won't be available in those countries just yet. Instead, Amazon is asking that they be submitted to its marketplace in anticipation of the Appstore's launch in those countries "in the coming months."

Amazon has been slowly but surely growing its application marketplace. Originally only available in the U.S., Amazon announced last August that it had expanded the store to five European countries. Now, it's looking to make its way to scores more.

Amazon's Appstore expansion is important for the company as it tries to deliver a marketplace that can more effectively compete against its chief competitor, the Google Play marketplace. Still, Google Play is on many more devices and is already available worldwide.