Early this morning the retail giant announced that the Kindle Fire HD tablets were now available for pre-order from 170 countries, with the first models shipping out on 13 June. The tablets are priced at the local equivalents of $284 for the 8.9″ Kindle Fire HD and $214 for the 7 inch Kindle Fire HD.
That bit of news followed shortly after yesterday’s news that the Amazon Appstore was open for business in 195 countries around the world. That event actually happened early in the day, and it coincided with the release of a new update for the Appstore client app.
Amazon announced the expansion just over a month ago, but up until yesterday the Amazon Appstore had only been live in a handful of countries: the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, China, and Japan. The Appstore works with Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets as well as other Android devices, and it makes perfect sense that Amazon opened it up at the same time as they are ramping up their Kindle Fire tablet distribution.
“We are thrilled to be expanding the reach of our global app distribution to nearly 200 countries. We think our customers will love the app selection we have to offer and also find features such as Free App of the Day and personalized recommendations very helpful as they discover and explore new apps and games,” said Mike George, Vice President of Apps and Games at Amazon.”
To celebrate the expansion, Amazon will offer up Fruit Ninja for their Free App of the Day on Thursday, followed by Cut the Rope: Experiments on Friday. If you would like a dailt reminder about the free apps, you can subscribe to Appazonia. This is a service I offer that sends out daily reminder posts for each of the free apps.