These apps become the core platform to build an extensive ecosystem of related, value-added services which developers and service providers hope will boost monetization opportunities and retain user traction.
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Service providers such as WhatsApp or WeChat need to price their services right, or face consumer exodus as people look for free alternatives.
The government is looking into the possibility of making users of Tencent's mobile messaging app pay local operators for the service, but will prevent collusion among operators to fix the prices.
The new database is aimed at helping companies protect their trademarks with the impending influx of new generic top-level domains (gTLDs), but it will not be a silver bullet for conflict resolution.
Various are learning to build their sites based on a standard template to improve ease of use and enhance the government's online identity.
Android will account for over half of the estimated 56 billion smartphone app downloads in 2013, exceeding iOS which will take 33 percent, and mobile developers will adopt Android-first strategy.
Taiwanese customers can now buy paid mobile apps from Google Play after the company lifted its 20-month ban over a legal dispute with the Taipei government.
The building blocks for developers to create mobile apps are in place, but it is important to equip app developers to build products that benefit both businesses and the wider local community.
Only 2 in 10 users surveyed have ever downloaded paid apps, with a preference for lower-priced ones, reflecting space for the market to grow.
International Games System signs a deal with Chunghwa Telecom to build an online games platform and forms partnerships with Korean telcos to break into the game apps market there.