Amazon Kindle Fire HD selling in over 170 countries

The Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Appstore for Android are going global.

Amazon has announced that it is selling its Android-based Kindle Fire HD in more than 170 countries and territories around the world, recently adding such markets as Ireland, Gibraltar, Austria, Luxembourg, and Monaco. The online retail giant has also expanded its Appstore for Android to nearly 200 countries worldwide.

Online pre-orders for both the 7in and 8.9in Kindle Fire HD models are available now in 170 countries. The devices are slated to start shipping out to customers on 13 June. They are priced at local equivalents of $214 (£142) for the 7in model and $284 (£188) for the 8.9in version.

The high-end Amazon tablets will also be available at various local retailers around the world.

"Kindle Fire HD is the No. 1 best-selling item in the world for Amazon since its launch, and we're thrilled to make it available to even more customers around the globe today," Amazon Kindle vice president Dave Limp said.

The 8.9in Kindle Fire HD sports a 1920-by-1200 resolution display and the latest-generation Texas Instruments OMAP 4470 processor clocking at 1.5GHz. The 7in model, meanwhile, sports a 1280-by-800 resolution display, along with a 1.2GHz dual-core OMAP 4460 chip. Both devices boast dual antenna and dual-band Wi-Fi for faster streaming and downloading, Dual Dolby Digital Plus stereo speakers, and a front-facing HD camera, and offer at least 10 hours of battery life.

Meanwhile, to celebrate the expansion of its Appstore for Android, Amazon is bringing back two of its most popular Free Apps of the Day – Fruit Ninja and Cut the Rope: Experiments.