We're going to take this one with a pinch of salt, as the rumour is from AllThingsDigital, who has been known to jump the gun from time to time, though, also bring the world some great exclusives when rumours turn out to be true. The website has suggested that Amazon is close to launching its Appstore, in Europe, later this summer; with expectations that the firm will begin to take developer submissions in the next week or so.
Whilst Amazon's Appstore has a focus on the Kindle Fire tablet, applications can be downloaded and played from the vast majority of existing Android handsets and so, whilst this rumour doesn't confirm that the firm is looking to launch its affordable $199, branded tablet, into the wider world, it's a strong indication that something may happen over the next month or so.
This summer could herald the coming of the Kindle Fire 2, which has been rumoured in view of a sales drop-off, mind you, we could just end up with original Kindle Fires, whilst the US receives a brand-new model, as Amazon observed a sudden drop in demand in the US from 4.8 million to 750,000 in just half a year, no doubt leaving the firm with plenty of stock laying about.
There had been great disappointment here in the UK when it was revealed that the Kindle Fire wasn't heading our way, likewise, whilst for its size the Amazon Appstore has been extremely successful, it's limited by the scope of its US user-base when compared with the likes of Apple and Android's general app stores. Fingers crossed that Amazon is ready to rectify both these shortcomings.