[Ed: China Unicom’s App Store, China Mobile’s Mobile Market and NetDragon’s Panda Space, not-free or free, copyright or pirate, whatever! Where are the developed-in-China applications? Where is the healthy ecosystem?]

Why iPhone is so popular? Thanks to the handset itself which is indeed an amazing gadget and the App Store (be exact to say, it is the ecosystem behind it). It’s probably only two weeks ahead before China Unicom’s iPhone finally hits the ground. How will the local App Store look like? Well, we still have no idea!

Interesting enough. It seems that only experts/geeks/developers/business people/journalists are expecting the app store, and the normal Chinese iPhone users actually don’t really care. Why that? 91.com has been offering a software called 91 Assistant (also called ’91 Helper’), a platform where you can download applications for your mobile phone, for a long time.

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Dr. Gang Lu - Founder of TechNode. He's a Blogger, a Geek, a PhD and a Speaker, with passion in Tech, Internet and R'N'R.