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Chinese Consumers Won’t Pay for Smart Phone “Crap Apps”

China Daily Mail

In the following article, the author draws on the recent news of Facebook‘s billion dollar acquisition of iPhone photo app company Instagram, to argue that a domestic (Chinese) Instagram “success story” is not currently possible due to China‘s inferior and shoddy app development, the prevalence of jail-broken and pirated iPhone apps, the consumer mistrust of paid apps in general and how all of these factors combine to create a vicious market cycle that no one is really happy with.

Upon hearing the announcement that Facebook acquired Instagram, a popular photography application for the iPhone and other smart phones, countless Chinese developers no doubt let out a deep sigh, both out of jealously and despair. After all, in less than two years, the company’s 13 employees grew their app’s user base to more than 30 million, and it was sold to Facebook for a cool one billion dollars…

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