Wednesday, October 27, 2010

China App Store now available in Simplified Chinese

Good news if you're a bilingual developer; Apple has just announced that China's App Store is now in Simplified Chinese, thus making it more useful to consumers there. The store is also featuring localised apps as well.

(Update: It has been clarified that the App Store has been available in Simplified Chinese for a while now. It's not clear why the Apple press release suggested that this was only just made available.)

If you haven't already, it looks like a good time to start localising your apps for the undoubtedly growing China market.

Apart from the App Store, Apple has also created an online store in Simplified Chinese as well.

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Lim Thye Chean said...

This is strange, China App Store is already in Chinese for many months now. The translation is indeed better now compared to in the past.

The China Apple Store is the real big news here.

Jimmy Yap said...

Thanks for clarifying. Perhaps this is the official launch of the Simplified Chinese version of the App Store?

Lim Thye Chean said...

They did change a few things:

- now the featured apps seem to be mostly Chinese apps, this is a big difference from the past where it is primary US featured apps.

- the banner are now in Chinese. In the past the UI is mostly Chinese but not completely so.

Unfortunately, the payment is still in US$, not RMB. And it is still payment via credit cards.