TOKYO, JAPAN - NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com) and Index Corporation announced today the immediate launch of an online market site that introduces applications for smartphones running the Android™ operating system targeting new users of these devices, particularly females. The online market, named "appliko" (http://appliko.jp; Japanese only), will begin selling applications and content by April, 2011.
In addition to offering reviews of applications and smartphones running Android, the site will enable visitors to search for items by popularity, view recommendations, and purchase applications through easy payment systems.
Android applications developed by NTT Com and Index will be premiered via appliko. The site will be supported with NTT Com Group-developed technologies for searches, recommendations and unauthorized copy prevention, and Index’s mobile content-management know-how.
Some 2,000 reviews are expected to be available by the end of next March. Information will be arranged conveniently into 18 categories and 108 sub-categories for easy discovery. Applications targeting females will cover themes such as manicure treatment, fashion and magazines.
Support for Android application developers will be provided, including use of NTT Com’s open laboratory as a development environment and Index’s testing environment and proxy application registration. Competitions will be held to encourage the development of new Android applications for Japanese users.
The site will be open to all visitors, including the roughly eight million customers of NTT Com’s OCN-brand ISP service and four million subscribers to Index’s 3G mobile services. Once sales begin, subscribers to NTT Group services, such as OCN or NTT DOCOMO’s mobile services will be able to pay for purchases via their monthly service bills.
The companies are considering the possibility of localizing the appliko website for overseas markets in Europe and Asia.
Notes: Android is a trademark of Google Inc. Other names used herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.
About NTT Communications Corporation
NTT Communications provides a broad range of global networks, management solutions and IT services to customers worldwide. The company is renowned for reliable, high-quality security, hosting, voice, data and IP services, as well as expertise in managed networks and leadership in IPv6 transit technology. NTT Communications’ extensive infrastructure includes Arcstar™ Global IP-VPN and Global e-VLAN, as well as a Tier-1 IP backbone reaching more than 150 countries in partnership with major Internet service providers, and secure data centers in Asia, North America and Europe. NTT Communications is the wholly-owned subsidiary of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation, one of the world’s largest telecoms with listings on the Tokyo, London and New York stock exchanges. Please visit www.ntt.com/index-e.html.
About Index Corporation
In December 2010, we have merged Index developing "mobile" business and Atlus providing "game soft for family use" and "entertainment" together. As a result, the new Index focus the "Net and Game" business and we do provide high-quality contents and solutions are globally offered by creating and utilizing our group value chain. We, "Index Groups", pursue unknown value such as "Evolution of Mobile Technology", and we are continuing to work on such a challenging issue. Currently, what we are is merely on-going representation for achieving our final goal. We also continue to create a new value which is based on mobile technology in order to improve not only entertainment and behavior of people, but also social infrastructure.
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