Alongside the launch of Android, Google introduced Android Market in an aim to duplicate Apple’s success in App Store. The thing is, Google as always has less intention to exert tight control over Android, lest the community and ecosystem were stifled. So a large quantity of 3rd party Android markets, by mobile manufactures or internet companies, have been springing up all over the world.

In China, there’re also bunch of Android markets including Goapk, AppChina (incubated by Innovation Works), HiApk (by online gaming vendor NetDragon), Aimi8, Eoemarket, Nduoa and Mumayi. Portal site NetEase also launched its apps recommendation and downloading site NetEase Apps, covering iOS, Android and Symbian (V3, V5) territories.

Though the market seems crowded and promising given the market size for smartphone and mobile internet, there are many issues concerning these 3rd party Android markets:

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Ben Jiang

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