Amazon expands Kindle Fire availability to over 170 countries
Earlier this month Amazon's Appstore became the first paid Android store in China, and the company is now taking their expansion efforts to another level. In an announcement today, the company unveiled that they would be making their Appstore and Kindle Fire tablets available in a large number of new areas, in an effort to compete on a global scale.
Previously the Kindle Fire HD tablets had only been available in the US, UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain, but the 7" and 8.9" tablets will be sold in over 170 countries starting June 13th. The devices will be available in the usual 16GB and 32GB versions, but LTE availability appears limited to the US with the global models only packing dual-band Wi-Fi.
Amazon also announced that as of today, their Appstore can be accessed in over 200 countries, increasing their competition with Google. Although Barnes and Nobles recently incorporated the Play Store into their Nook tablets, this latest news shows that Amazon has no such plans. In celebration of the launch, the company is also making "Fruit Ninja" and "Cut the Rope: Experiments" free for a day, starting May 23rd and 24th.