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Offline Lou Reading Ryria Series by Michael J Sullivan
30 Aug 2012, 10:23 AM | Post: #1

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Amazon Appstore UK and Europe Launch - It's Official

[Image: aaps-20120830-113724.jpg]Amazon Inc. have just issued an official press release notifying us that the Amazon Appstore is now open to the UK and Europe. There is nothing posted on Amazon.co.uk as of yet in regards to Android Apps, but as ever, it does take Amazon a long time to push through major additions to their online store.

Things are now sounding very promising for an official UK Kindle Fire launch or announcement on September 6th and whilst nobody outside of Amazon knows their plans, I'm sure a lot of UK kindle enthusiasts are waiting with bated breath.

One thing I will say at this stage is DO NOT attempt to download and manually install Amazon's Appstore App to your Kindle Fire (overwriting the default one) as In my haste I have just tried this and broken my ability to access the app store altogether (factory reset on the way I think).

Here is the original press release from Amazon.



Amazon Appstore Launches in Europe; Now Available in the U.K., Germany, France, Italy and Spain

Amazon Appstore rollout across the EU is the latest in a series of additions that make Amazon the most complete end-to-end platform for developers looking to build, market and monetize their apps and games

SEATTLE & LUXEMBOURG--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 30, 2012-- (NASDAQ: AMZN) – Amazon.com, Inc. today announced the launch of its Amazon Appstore in the U.K., Germany, France, Italy and Spain, giving European customers access to Amazon’s broad selection of quality Android apps with the convenience of shopping on Amazon from their Android phones and tablets. Customers can get the Amazon Appstore for their Android phones and tablets by visiting http://www.amazon.com/getappstore.

Amazon’s Appstore offers a great selection of games and apps, including local favorites like “Jamie Oliver’s 20 Minute Meals” and “Skyscanner,” established bestsellers like “Fruit Ninja” and “Cut the Rope,” and new apps from top-tier brands like Rovio and Glu Mobile. In addition to localized content and a localized mobile store for each specific country, European customers will have access to popular Amazon Appstore features like the “Free App of the Day,” which offers a paid app for free every day. Today’s Free App of the Day is the ad-free version of “Angry Birds.” All Free Apps of the Day are specially-selected for the Free App of the Day program. Apps and games purchased from Amazon can be used across a customer’s Android devices, enabling them to buy an app or game once and enjoy it everywhere.

The Amazon Appstore also includes popular Amazon features like personalized recommendations, Customer Reviews and 1-Click payments. In order to ensure that customers have the best possible experience with the apps they purchase, apps are Amazon-tested and backed by Amazon’s world-class customer support.

“Customers in the U.S. 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. We evaluate and test games and apps before making them available in the Appstore so we ensure customers have a great experience with the games and apps they purchase,” said Jim Adkins, Vice President of Amazon Appstore. “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.”

Amazon continues to roll out services and features that make it the most complete end-to-end solution for developers wanting to build, market and monetize their apps and games. Developers can build their apps and games using Amazon Web Service's industry-leading infrastructure platform. For important audience engagement features like Leaderboards, Achievements and Syncing game state between devices, developers can use Amazon’s new GameCircle services. To gain exposure to tens of millions of customers, developers can list their apps in the Amazon Appstore and take advantage of awareness-building programs like Free App of the Day. And, to monetize their apps and games, developers can use Amazon’s industry-leading e-commerce and payment capabilities like In-App Purchasing and Subscriptions.

“Amazon's Free App of the Day program is really unique,” said Peter Vesterbacka, Rovio Mighty Eagle and CMO. “Over the past year we have offered Amazon customers some of our best-selling premium games like “Angry Birds Rio” and “Angry Birds Seasons” for free, and the response has been truly overwhelming. We are pleased to offer Amazon customers another one of our most popular premium titles, “Angry Birds,” for free today.”

“Amazon customers are very important to us, and “Cut the Rope” and “Cut the Rope: Experiments” have been in the top of the charts on Amazon Appstore in the U.S. We are focused on delivering great gaming experiences to our users all over the world, and are looking forward to reaching more “Cut the Rope” fans as Amazon launches its store in Europe,” said Misha Lyalin, CEO, ZeptoLab.

“At Glu we’ve always been an early adopter of Amazon services for both building and selling our mobile games. For example, “Frontline Commando” was one of the first games on the Amazon Appstore to offer IAP and subscriptions. This game also leverages Amazon’s S3 and Sync services,” said Niccolo de Masi, Chief Executive Officer of Glu Mobile. “Amazon offers us exposure to its large customer base and we will continue to use the Amazon platform in our efforts to grow our business.”

“We are big fans of Amazon Appstore and have seen tremendous growth in our business since we started releasing our apps on the Amazon platform,” said Suli Ali, CEO of TinyCo. “We have been extremely successful with Amazon’s In-App Purchasing. It was easy to implement, and we have generated significantly more revenue per customer than with any other platform. Since we have had such success with Amazon, when GameCircle was introduced, it was a no-brainer, we added it to our apps right away.”

In Germany, France and Italy, customers will find “App-Shop” available today; in Spain, customers will find “Tienda Apps;” and U.K. customers will find the “Amazon Appstore for Android.”
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30 Aug 2012, 07:58 PM | Post: #2

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RE: Amazon Appstore UK and Europe Launch - It's Official

Ok Lou... So we don't download the Appstore App. Please tell us how we DO go about getting these apps.

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Offline Lou Reading Ryria Series by Michael J Sullivan
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Hi Woody, as per the other thread, I've no idea, but several of us have trashed our Fires today trying Sad
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Downloaded the app... It installs but thats it.

Otherwise KF working normally
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If you go to the Apps from Main Menui, then to Store, it will probably crash on you.
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(30 Aug 2012 07:59 PM)Lou Wrote:  Hi Woody, as per the other thread, I've no idea, but several of us have trashed our Fires today trying Sad

I did the same thing but managed to recover back to the original app store using the following.

Assuming you have already rooted your Fire, run a file browser and navigate to /system/app and invoke the AmazonVenezia.apk.

This worked for me and restored my Fire back to the US app store.
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This post was last modified: 31 Aug 2012 06:13 AM by carryonvending.
Thank you for contacting us at Amazon.co.uk.

Kindle Fire and its related services were designed to be used within the US only.

The Amazon Appstore on Amazon.co.uk is not compatible with Kindle Fire.

Thanks for your interest in Amazon Appstore
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RE: Amazon Appstore UK and Europe Launch - It's Official

Hi guys

I am enjoying accessing Google Play now on my Kindle Fire, having successfully installed it last week. I particularly like the fact that could upgrade the Acrobat Flash player, and load the BBC News app.

Do we take it from Amazon's response that they are going to make an app store forAndroid devices available in the UK, but this will not enable UK users of Android Fire to obtain said apps?
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(31 Aug 2012 06:11 AM)carryonvending Wrote:  Thank you for contacting us at Amazon.co.uk.

Kindle Fire and its related services were designed to be used within the US only.

The Amazon Appstore on Amazon.co.uk is not compatible with Kindle Fire.

Thanks for your interest in Amazon Appstore

Seems a little pointless then really doesnt it?
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RE: Amazon Appstore UK and Europe Launch - It's Official

I've emailed Amazon UK this morning and had the following reply regarding my US bought Kindle Fire

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In relation to your e-mail, there is an update available for your Kindle Fire device so it can use the Kindle UK app-store.

Your Kindle Fire will automatically download the latest software version when connected to a Wi-Fi network. Updates may take as long as 10 minutes. If you receive an error message while an update is downloading, charge your Kindle Fire using a power adapter and leave it turned on. The software update will download in the background and will be applied once the download is complete and the device is sleeping.

To check if your Kindle Fire has the latest version of software available and for instructions on how to update the software, visit:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/kindlesoftwareupdates

Please note that software updates can’t be downloaded via the Kindle Fire Silk browser.

Thanks for using Kindle.
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