In March 2011, the Amazon Android App Store made its US debut, selling smart phone and tablet apps for the Android operating system. It has taken more than a year, but now it looks as if the App Store is ready for prime time across the pond. Amazon’s App Store is finally making its debut in Europe, bowing in Britain, Germany, France, and Italy with a litany of awesome free apps and assorted goodies to make up for the fact Europeans had to wait over a year for the chance to buy apps from Amazon.
What’s next, the Kindle Fire will finally come to Europe? Well, Amazon does have a press conference upcoming on September 6, so… anything is possible, either a second-gen Kindle Fire (my hope), a European version of the Kindle Fire, or both.
“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,” says Amazon’s vice president of Amazon Appstore Jim Adkins, in a statement. “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.”
Among the free apps on the opening day of the Amazon Android App Store are Rovio’s premium version of Angry Birds, PopCap’s Plants Vs. Zombies, and a host of other fun apps, both familiar to Americans and European-centric.