A part of UCWeb, one of the most popular Android app marketplaces with more than 160 million monthly active users worldwide just announced its InDev Program(worth $20 million) to help Indian independent and startup developers with specially designed solutions, especially in user acquisition and monetization. The Program aims to help over 100 independent and small developers within two years. Also Read - BYJU's Early Learn app takes kindergarten classes online using Disney characters and computer-vision frameworkAlso Read - Oppo signs MoU with Telangana to help startups grow
Some of the highlights of the InDev Program include zero cost promotion support for developers, 100 percent revenue sharing with qualified developers for a certain period of time, professional support and consultancy in testing, localisation etc. InDev Program also sets up a Diamond Awards for qualified game and apps.
Announcing the program, Robert Bu, General Manager, UCWeb India said: “According to our research, there are lots of challenges faced by independent and startup developers. It is not easy for them to get as much brand exposure for their apps as the big players can. UCWeb and 9Apps are committed to building a healthy ecosystem where local users can download quality app and games they like, and developers are able to enjoy fruitful financial return for providing excellent apps and games.”
“Through our InDev Program, we want to encourage developers to focus on building the app and game itself, while 9Apps will take care of the rest, including marketing, promotion, user acquisition and monetization, creating a hassle-free environment for them to grow. We welcome all Indian independent developers to work together with us, to provide better apps and games for users, and also gain cash rewards for their efforts,” he added.
According to Ebrahim Popat, Country Manager of 9Apps said: “Our market insights show that India without doubt is poised to be the next big destination for developers as Indian users have 32 apps on an average, lower than the world average of 42 apps. There is still room to grow. We recently launched 9Apps Trends, India’s first comprehensive local app market analytic service that provides app trends, data analysis and in-depth market reports with an aim to build a platform where Indian developers can catch up with the trends in the app world. The InDev Program aims to further address some of the critical challenges faced by Indian developers.”
Apart from better app downloading experience provided to users, 9Apps also provides professional data analysis via 9App Trends, local mobile payment solution, integrated promotion and branding solution.