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Amazon rolls out Appstore for Android to 200 more countries

Amazon has announced that it is continuing the global expansion of its Appstore for Android.

The web giant requested that developers begin submitting their applications for distribution in nearly 200 countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, India, South Africa, South Korea, Papua New Guinea, and Vatican City. But users in those countries are going to have to wait a little longer to access the apps. Amazon said they will be made available in the "coming months," when the Appstore for Android launches in those areas.

The upcoming international expansion follows the launch of Amazon's Appstore for Android in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain. In addition, Amazon in November 2012 opened its Appstore in Japan, representing the store's first push into Asia.

"Allowing developers to target distribution of their apps and games in even more international countries is yet another important milestone as we strive to serve consumers and developers globally," Mike George, vice president of apps and games at Amazon, said in a statement.

"Many of our existing developers have localised their apps and games for international consumers, and we look forward to working with new developers that have been waiting to bring their apps to more Amazon customers across the globe," he added.

The Amazon Appstore offers a paid app for free every day, and apps purchased from the store can be used across a customer's Android devices, including Amazon's line of Kindle Fire tablets.

Meanwhile, Amazon has been in a legal battle with Apple since 2011 over the name "Appstore for Android," which Cupertino claims is a violation of its "App Store" trademark. Back in January, a judge ordered the two companies into the negotiating room.

For a full list of countries where Amazon Appstore will be available, head over to Amazon's developer blog.