Amazon Appstore

It was nice while it lasted. Yesterday we reported that Android users around the globe had discovered that the Amazon Appstore was suddenly working. Today reports are starting to roll in that Amazon may have pulled the plug… for now.

The Amazon Appstore is one of the highest profile alternatives to the official Google Android Market. Amazon offers thousands of apps in a well-organized system, complete with user reviews, photos, and even a way to test drive apps in your web browser before you download them. You can also purchase apps from a desktop web browser and download them on any Android device with the Appstore installed.

Unfortunately at launch the Amazon Appstore was only available to residents of the United States. Yesterday people with international Amazon accounts reported that they were able to login and download apps. But now they’re no longer able to do so.

It’s possible that Amazon was running tests in advance of an international rollout. It’s also possible that this was just some sort of glitch.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...