In emerging markets, some operators like Bharti Airtel and China Mobile launched their own app stores. This has given developers an opportunity to provide localized applications to operators. Some handset vendors like Nokia also focus a lot on localized app stores, but generally speaking, developers in emerging markets find operators easier to deal with as they understand local markets better than international vendors. However, in emerging markets operators have started focusing on app stores to boost their ARPUs.
Since smartphones are just 5-8% of the total installed base and less than 50% of the handsets have even GPRS capability, can app stores really be successful?
See: Localization is a Key to Success for App Stores in Emerging Markets