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The Ultimate Cheat Sheet to China’s Android App Stores


Update: we have updated the market data on the cheat sheet in December, 2015. If you haven’t downloaded the updated version, do check this out again.

Not long ago, the OneSky blog included some information about Chinese app stores as part of a larger post about Chinese mobile markets. Afterward, we got so many requests for more information about breaking into the Chinese app market that we’ve decided to publish regular content on the topic.

In our first offering, we’ve put together a guide to Android app stores in China. Why focus on Android app stores? Because the Chinese market has over 200 of them. Navigating that world is essential to success in China, where more than 80% of smartphone users run Android, and Google Play is a relatively minor player in the app store scene.

Our new guide, “The Ultimate Cheat Sheet to Chinese Android App Stores,” (Download now!) compiles critical data for 26 of the most popular Android app stores in China. Here’s what it includes:

1. Comprehensive info about 26 of China’s top app markets

Our guide includes data on 26 companies—their websites, their developers’ websites, and the markets that they serve. We’ve also included information about contacting or submitting an app to each of these stores.

An example of Chinese Android app store

An example of Chinese Android app store

2. A Chinese email template for contacting app stores

Your initial contacts at Chinese app stores won’t necessarily read English well, so it’s essential to send your inquiry emails to them in both English and Chinese. To help you out, we’ve prepared a Chinese email template (with English explanations) that you can use to draft your inquiries. Get it here.

3. Frequent updates that track an evolving market

Market information changes rapidly. We’re happy to be your guide. We constantly monitor changes in the Chinese app market, and we’ll update the information on the cheat sheet regularly. Just bookmark this blog post or subscribe to the OneSky blog for updates.

Get the free guide now

Bonus: The ultimate cheat sheet to Chinese app publishers

We have also released our next cheat sheet, a guide to Chinese app publishers. Check this out.

And, if you have any questions, comments, or requests for future content, please let us know in the comments!

Patrick Yip

Written by Patrick Yip

Patrick Yip is the former Head of Marketing at OneSky. Heavily attracted to any brilliant growth strategy, well-crafted content and the idea of making the Internet globally accessible.

  • Karthik Gowda

    Thanks Patrick. One roadblock i found while submitting apps for chinese marketplaces is requirement for business license number/certificate. Why is this mandatory for marketplaces in china? I do not do so while i upload my apk to amazon or opera.

    • Hi Karthik,

      Sorry for my late reply.

      The reason why Chinese marketplace requires a copy of business license is that usually the contact person is not the app developer but app publisher, i.e., the middle person. Also, cloning is still rampant in China. The Chinese app stores need ways to verify the status of the company.

      • MGP Studios

        Hi Patrick, Thanks for the helpful article. Do all Chinese stores require a Chinese business license? So far we created an account with Xiaomi and it seems they don’t require it over there. Would you happen to know other Chinese stores that have an English developer account setup, or ones that don’t require the Chinese business license? Thanks in advance.

        • nishantcm

          What kind of business license documents work? Do you need to be based in china for uploading your app?