Amazon has launched its Android Appstore in a handful of European countries this week, extending what is one of the most reliable ways to get cheap Android apps to locations outside the US. However, Aussies shouldn't get their hopes up: there are still no official plans to extend into Australia.
Briefly buoyed with the thought that Amazon was no longer taking an only-in-the-US approach, I contacted the company to ask if there were any plans for other locations. This is what I got told: "We don’t have anything to announce about Appstore expansion into Australia." Drat.
It's possible that when the successor to the Kindle Fire is announced, we'll see an Australian launch of that reader/tablet. Given that it runs Android, that would make the Appstore a much more likely prospect. In the meantime, it's off-limits unless you want to go through complicated processes involving both your Amazon and Google accounts.