Due to the existence of language barriers, this piece of news probably qualifies more as an FYI than a heads up about something that’ll actually help or hurt the average DevWebPro reader. Just the same, you may be interested to know that Baidu, China’s top search company, has launched an app store of sorts.
Loretta Chao reported earlier this afternoon, “Baidu Inc. unveiled a platform that lets users run applications through Baidu’s website, a step that could help shape China’s fledgling apps-store sector.”
Chao then continued, “Users of the new service can run games, videos, electronic books and other applications on Baidu’s site. The service, which opened for business Wednesday evening, offers software similar to that available through websites like Facebook or platforms like Apple Inc.’s App Store or the Android Market based on Google Inc.’s mobile operating system.”
The interesting thing is that Baidu’s new offering is much more accessible, with basically no restrictions related to devices or browsers.
This could pose a problem for Google and Apple in China. Fortunately for developers who operate in other markets and create apps for Android and iOS, Baidu hasn’t made much of an international push.