While the Apple iPhone has certainly made quite a splash in the sophisticated Japanese phone market, that does not mean Android has no fighting chance at all. Yahoo! Market will be opening up for Android by Yahoo! Japan, at least that is what Japanese tech blog Asiajin reports. Plans to get a dedicated app store up and running for the local Android market in the Land of the Rising Sun would enable Japanese Android smartphone owners to download applications straight from its site, and local developers will also win from this situation as they can then upload apps to the store instead of going through the Android Market.
At the moment though prior to the Yahoo! Market’s opening, the company has lifted the curtains to reveal a dedicated Android app section on its hugely popular homepage in Japan. Visitors are able to check out reviews of Android apps coupled with news bits aggregated from leading Android blogs. As there is no download section for the moment, the Yahoo page will feature links to all apps from Android’s international store apart from local ones.