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China Mobile opens app store to nearly 500 million people

July 3, 2009 | by Andrew Kameka

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China Mobile opens app store to nearly 500 million people

China Mobile has partially opened up its Mobile Market app store that sells to 480 million subscribers. Yes, the world’s largest phone company has nearly half a billion customers who could download free or paid apps. Android developers might think about brushing up on their Cantonese and Mandarin.

Earlier today, China  Mobile opened up its Mobile Market. Their massive customer list opens up to a number of content creators able to navigate within the Chinese market. The downside is that China Mobile will snatch up 50% of all revenue from paid applications, which is much higher than the standard 30%  taken by carriers in the Android Market distribution model.

China Mobile will release the Android-powered Lenovo OPhone later this year and will instantly be one of the biggest players in Android number-wise.

[PC World via Phandroid]