Amazon has spread its tentacles further in the world today with two announcements. The first is that the Amazon Appstore has launched in 195 countries, including India and the Kindle Fire HD tablets will be now be available in 170 countries, but missing from that list is India.
Amazon’s Android Appstore now available In India, 194 other countries
A month after Amazon announced plans to launch their Appstore in more countries worldwide, the service has finally gone live. The Amazon Appstore app has to be downloaded from Amazon Website, and won’t be found on the Play Store.
This app store brings certain feature like one-click purchase and also has one paid game/app for free download each day. The Amazon app store also has a test drive feature with which users can test an app on their mobile or PC before they download it.
When we checked the store out, we were surprised to find that the apps were not displayed in Indian rupees but US dollars. This is definitely something Amazon will have to look at since both Apple and Google offer this already.
Another thing we noticed was that the number of apps on the Amazon store were definitely limited, so we don’t know if people would actually prefer this over the Play Store. One would need to connect their credit card to purchase paid apps on the store.
There are multiple third-party app stores for Android out there like Getjar.com, AppBrain and AppPoke. But the Amazon store will probably have the widest reach. Some devices that come without the Google Play Store could also install this app to get a wider variety of apps then the pre-installed app stores.
Till today, the Amazon Appstore was available in just 7 markets, but with the expansion will be operational in 195. This beats Apple’s App Store which covers 155 and Google’s 134 where they offer support for paid apps. So while there may not be may takers for the service in India except for the free download of the day other markets might welcome this development with arms wide open. It definitely offers an additional source of revenue for developers all over the world.
To get the Amazon App Store one would have to make sure you have enabled “installation of apps from unknown sources” in settings and install the APK from amazon.com/getappstore.
Kindle Fire HD Available in 170 countries. NO INDIA!
The Kindle Fire runs on a forked version of Android and Amazon actually makes no mention of Android anywhere. The Kindle Fire HD was announced last year. In India, only the ebook Kindles are available in India through a partnership with Croma.
Both the variants, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 and Kindle Fire HD (7-inch), will be available from Amazon’s website. Pre-orders start today but the device will start shipping only on June 13.
The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is priced at $269 and $299 for the 16GB and the 32 GB versions with offers been that bring sponsored content on the lock screen. To get a device without the lock screen ads one will have to shell out $284 or $314 respectively.
The Kindle Fire HD 7 is available for $199 and $229 for the 16GB and 32GB variants respectively with special offers and $214 and $244 without special offers.
These tablets have been tied up into the Amazon ecosystems so one will get special content offers on apps, games and e-books.
The 8.9” display on Kindle Fire HD features 254 pixels per inch with a resolution of 1920×1200 and the 7” Kindle Fire HD features a stunning HD display with 1280×800 resolution.
The 8.9” Kindle Fire HD is powered by the latest generation OMAP4 4470 processor and
Imagination SGX544 graphics. The Kindle Fire HD combines dual stereo speakers with the Dolby Digital Plus audio platform to offer a superior audio experience. Amazon claims the Kindle HD offer more than 10 hours of battery life.
While there are countless Indian companies that are launching tablets every second day, Google also officially begun selling the Nexus 7 on the Google Play Store a couple of months back. If and when Amazon does begin selling or shipping the Kindle HD to India, in our opinion the Nexus 7 would be a better buy as you would be guaranteed of more update and also access to the Google Play Store, which apart from providing more apps now also provides movies and books.