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Yahoo reportedly launching store for Android apps in Japan

November 10, 2011 |  5:23 pm

http://market.yahoo.co.jp

Google's Android is the most widely used mobile operating system in the world, and Yahoo is reportedly trying to get in on the action by launching an Android app storefront in Japan next year.

According to a report from Asiajin, a tech blog in Japan, and pointed out by The Next Web, the store will be called the Yahoo! Market and will sell not just apps, but also enable developers in Japan to upload and sell their apps in the Yahoo store as well.

Until its official Android store launches next year, Yahoo will feature a section on its Japanese homepage that highlights reviews and news about Android apps from tech blogs around the world, The Next Web said in its report.

The move to launch an Android app store makes a lot of sense for Yahoo given a couple products they released earlier this year: the Yahoo App Search website, a search engine for apps, and the Yahoo AppSpot apps for iOS and Android which is essentially the App Search site in an app form.

Amazon too has had success selling Android apps through its Amazon Appstore for Android, which has gone on to be an integral building block of Amazon's first tablet, the Kindle Fire.

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-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles

twitter.com/nateog

Image: A screen shot of Yahoo Japan's website, market.yahoo.co.jp. Credit: Yahoo Japan

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