Amazon opens gates to developer portal for international distribution

Summary:Amazon is starting with opening the gates for app distribution in the U.K., Germany, France, Italy and Spain. is opening up its developer portal for international distribution of apps.

In a nutshell, this offers developers the opportunity to submit apps and make money in more markets. On Thursday, Amazon is starting with opening the gates for distribution in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and Spain. Developers who are interested in distributing apps in other countries can get started now.

For reference, Amazon's U.S. Appstore already retains more than tens of thousands of apps and games since launching one year ago.

Jim Adkins, vice president of the Amazon Appstore, explained in prepared remarks about more benefits that developers have achieved in the last year.

Some developers have seen revenue double since the launch of In-App Purchasing. We’re excited to open the door to even more opportunity by expanding app sales outside the U.S. We see tremendous potential for current developers in our distribution program to grow with the international expansion.

On the mobile front, developers also need to pay close attention today because Amazon is altering its mobile app distribution agreement.

The first change is that Amazon is aligning the revenue share for paid apps with that for in-app products sold using Amazon’s In-App Purchasing Service. Starting on July 1, developers will earn 70 percent of list price on each paid app sale.

Furthermore, developers can now control which apps they will make available to Amazon customers, and when, providing more flexibility around timing for app submissions.


Topics: Amazon, Enterprise Software


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider,, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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