Developers who build apps for Mobile Market,*(China Mobile’s answer to Apple’s App Store) are in for a surprise. China Mobile will reportedly seek a 50% cut of all Mobile Market sales.
TelecomAsia is quoting a Shanghai Mobile (subsidiary of China Mobile) source; “China Mobile wants at least 50 percent of the revenues, and the rest goes to the developer.” By contrast, Apple’s App Store and Google’s Android Market take a 30% share of revenues and payout the 70% balance to app publishers.
A smaller slice (50% vs. 70%) of the revenue pie is one issue … another problem for Mobile Market developers is the need to recode apps for each mobile operating system (OPhone’s OMS** [Android-based], Win-Mobile, Symbian, etc.).
Excerpt from TelecomAsia: Baoding-based Zhu Lianxing, who leads a team named “139.ME” noted that the biggest challenge for China Mobile would be to provide a consistent user experience across different phone models and OSes; “If we develop an app for Apple, it runs on both the iPhone and the iPod touch. Now we have to develop one app for each OS.”
Read more > HERE
* China Mobile will allow developers to post apps for all handset OS except the iPhone. It will be accessible from both GSM and TD-SCDMA phones.
** China Mobile’s OPhones (due to launch summer 2009) will all run China Mobile’s proprietary open mobile system (OMS) and will support China Mobile’s “proprietary” wireless value-added services:
See video interview with China Mobile CEO Wang Jianzhou discussing China Mobile’s new MOS. Wang Jianzhou also mentions iPhone > HERE
More on China Mobile’s new app engine > HERE
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ExtendLogic, an IT outsourcing and consulting company, conducted a seminar on Apple iPhone China Market Opportunities at Apple Headquarters in Cupertino. The April 16th event was a collaboration with IMUG (International Mac User Group). For more details on the event, read the full ExtendLogic Press Release > HERE
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Extend Logic announced today an ambitious program to train a large group of iPhone developers to meet the demand for new “for China” apps and games. Here (below) is a short excerpt from the press release > Full PR
See also Extend Logic and Loc Labs’ involvement in localizing and internationalizing iPhone.
ExtendLogic announced today that its delivery center based in Xi’an of China has teamed up with training organization, Xi’an Sotraining Software Technology Training Centre to produce massive iPhone developers in China’s 3G R&D center.
As a global leading IT outsourcing company especially focusing on Smartphone solutions, ExtendLogic has built up a strong iPhone team in its delivery center in Xi’an. But the requirements of iPhone projects from U.S. are dramatically increasing and China market of iPhone application development & localization is emerging as it is reportedly that iPhone will be introduced into China Market in this May* by cooperating with China Unicom, so more skilled iPhone developers are required to meet the big market demands.
iPhonAsia comment: *Guesswork: iPhonAsia believes the iPhone deal with China Unicom will be announced either May 17 (World Telecom Day + day China Unicom will begin a trial launch of their new WCDMA 3G network in 55 cities) or June 9 (WWDC 2009 Keynote) and will launch mid to late summer. The important caveat is the necessary MIIT approval of the new iPhone models.
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