UC Web’s Android app store, which recently launched ecommerce shopping aggregation on its app, now claims over 1 million users using the feature. The aggregation feature was launched in August within the 9Apps mobile app and allow users to compare prices from ecommerce portals like Paytm, Flipkart, Myntra, Snapdeal, Jabong, Askmebazar, Voonik and Shopclues. It also offer discounts and coupon codes in a separate section.
Currently the Alibaba-owned 9Apps claims to have 250 million monthly active users and lists apps and games on its app store. It recently tied up with Disney India’s Interactive business to host and promote over 300 mobile games from their gaming catalogue.
In order to ramp up the number of apps on its platform it launched a $20 million InDev Program last quarter to help Indian independent and startup developers with specially designed solutions for user acquisition and monetisation. As of now, 9Apps is available in China, India, Indonesia, Russia, Brazil, Vietnam, Middle East and other emerging markets, in 7 languages.
Other Android app stores:
Google Play Store: In May, Google Play Store started providing the option to join beta programs of apps through the Play Store, if the option had been made available by the developer. In the same month, Idea Cellular started providing carrier billing services for its customers to pay for apps and content on the Google Play Store.
Amazon Underground: In August 2015, Amazon launched Amazon Underground, a shopping app on Android that doubled up as an app store, offering various paid games and apps on Google Play as free apps on its platform.
Samsung Apps: In May 2011, Samsung launched Samsung Apps, an operator billing on its mobile app store in India.
Recent UCWeb developments:
– In June, Alibaba group owned UCWeb launched a separate news app in India called UC News featuring news content in 20 different categories.
– In May, the company’s UC Browser crossed over 400 million monthly active users worldwide. UC Browser had crossed 50% market share in India in November last year.