Amazon has launched its Android Appstore
for paid apps in China, ahead of Google and its Play store. The release of the Appstore in the country now means that Amazon is the first of the two main Android app stores to launch in the region and opens the door to Amazon releasing its Kindle Fire
tablets in China and other nearby territories.
Currently, Google Play only provides free downloads in the country, according to Reuters
. While Amazon is the first main Western app store to launch on Android in the region, and therefore have an advantage compared to Google in attracting developers keen to sell their titles, it will have to compete against a number of localized stores already providing both paid and free apps. Despite following other stores to the market, Amazon may be able to capitalize on the situation by providing its users original and secure apps, rather than the pirated titles and malware allegedly offered by the smaller app providers.
The launch in China forms part of Amazon's plan to launch its Appstore into nearly 200 countries
over the next few months. Currently, the Appstore is available in the United States, the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Japan.
Despite the launch of the Appstore in China, the spokesperson for Amazon China declined to comment upon a possible Kindle release in the country.