Looking for the latest figures on app stores in China? Check out our 2017 update.

Google is hoping to launch a modified Play Store with approved apps later this fall. It’s a glimmering speck of hope for the U.S. tech company which has been largely shut out behind the firewall over the past five years. In its absence, a host of stores have popped up to take its place.

It’s estimated there are now more than 200 app stores in China. From the Baidu-Alibaba-Tencent giants to phone carriers and smart phone developers, almost all the big companies in China want to create their own ecosystem through individual app stores.

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Eva Yoo

Eva Yoo is Shanghai-based tech writer. Reach her at evayoo@technode.com