Amazon Appstore goes live in the UK, Kindle Fire 2 coming soon?

Amazon Appstore goes live in the UK, Kindle Fire 2 coming soon?We've always said that the biggest hurdle to Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet launching in the UK is the logistical challenge of getting the Amazon Appstore up and running locally.

Well Amazon has now overcome that challenge, and with the follow-up Kindle Fire 2 widely expected to be unveiled at an event on September 6, it begs the question: is Amazon about to give us international types some tablet love?

When Amazon launched the Kindle Fire 11 months ago, we took it for granted that we'd get to see it in the UK at some point, as we do with all high-profile gadgets.

But despite regular rumours to that effect, it hasn't happened, and with an upgraded Kindle Fire 2 reportedly in the pipelines, we'd rather Amazon simply waited and brought us that one instead.

But what are the chances? As of today, rather good, as Amazon has officially opened the virtual doors to its Amazon Appstore to Android users in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

There's no shortage of apps in there too, as you can find out for yourself by heading to www.amazon.co.uk/get-appstore on your Android device.

But the bigger picture is that surely that's the hard part, and setting up some distribution channels to get the Kindle Fire itself on sale in the UK can't be too difficult. After all, Amazon does have a bit of experience in the area.

It certainly ups the stakes for the Big A's mysterious September 6 launch event in San Diego. With most predictions saying the Kindle Fire 2 will take top billing at the event, and Christmas looming not too far on the horizon, surely it's the perfect time for Amazon to set its tablet ambitions loose on the wider world?

UPDATE: the original Kindle Fire is now completely sold out across the Atlantic, according to the latest reports, making the Kindle Fire 2 a cast-iron certainty for next week's event.

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matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 30, 2012 at 18:12

The App Store app runs like crap on my S2. It's maxing the CPU (I've never felt it get so warm when doing anything other than playing GTA3) and crashing all over the place, it's a mess. Still, free ad-free Angry Birds today, if anyone not running CM10 is interested :).

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 30, 2012 at 18:21

Also, it won't let you download anything (even free stuff) without a credit card linked to your Amazon account. Looks like it's back to the good old Google PlayStore then.

Pondlife  Aug. 30, 2012 at 18:22

Sheesh 100mb of ram in use by it. Damn they need to work on that app.

Pondlife  Aug. 30, 2012 at 18:27

Also if you don't have the appstore installed any app bought through it won't run.

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 30, 2012 at 18:32

Also if you don't have the appstore installed any app bought through it won't run.
Have you downloaded anything from it yet? I refuse to add a credit card to my account just to get a free app (of varying usefulness and quality) each day. Also, the App Store app has a serious memory issue, it's chewing through my RAM like there's no tomorrow. It's now well into 3 figures after having been open for about 10 mins.

Pondlife  Aug. 30, 2012 at 18:44

Amazon acct already had card linked then I guess as it let me dl Angry Birds no problem. Not sure I'll bother hanging onto either.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 30, 2012 at 20:00

If the pics on the Verge are real, it's not pretty...

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 30, 2012 at 20:20

Jan, it's really that bad...

Pondlife  Aug. 30, 2012 at 22:17

Rather used to look of it, pretty basic (so not sure why it uses so much memory) looking but works pretty fast.

Just come across something that's thrown me a touch Nokia Maps by Nokia Inc. oO

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 30, 2012 at 22:28

Rather used to look of it, pretty basic (so not sure why it uses so much memory) looking but works pretty fast.

Just come across something that's thrown me a touch Nokia Maps by Nokia Inc. oO


Is that the web app? Or an app-app? I knew there was something in the works, but hey: the Rep of Ireland... who needs maps?

Pondlife  Aug. 30, 2012 at 22:40

Not sure I was too shocked to risk installing it so far lol.
Released in January apparently so can't be as significant as it seemed.

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 30, 2012 at 22:45

Not sure I was too shocked to risk installing it so far lol.
Released in January apparently so can't be as significant as it seemed.

It'll just be a link to a mobile site where you can use Nokia's maps.

Pondlife  Aug. 30, 2012 at 23:15

Ah maybe, though the reviews on the US site *cough* say that it has navigation that the web site doesn't.

CTPAHHIK  Aug. 31, 2012 at 07:49

US version works fine for me. It's a little bit of a memory hog, but it's not that big - 20MB. I have no problems killing it manually and everything still works. As long as you have it installed all is good, it does not have to be running. Works similarly to Facebook - it will not run by itself, but once started will sit in background.

I don't see a way to get free apps from browser. I can do it on US amazon site - no need to use a phone.

Wonder if US and UK versions interchangeable. I have no problem accessing my music and movies from anywhere. On the other hand, Google Play blocks them.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 31, 2012 at 08:45

Not sure I was too shocked to risk installing it so far lol.
Released in January apparently so can't be as significant as it seemed.


I think that is a web app.

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