By all indications, Japan is experiencing a shakedown in the mobile phone handset industry. For a long while, the Japanese market has been a very insular business. Foreign phone manufacturers like Nokia and Motorola, had a hard time selling their phones in Japan. This was mainly due to the feature sets the Japanese consumer has come to expect.
For developers who want to enter the Japanese market, the good news is that with the use of Android and iOS apps, they would have an easier entry point. The reverse is also true: Japanese application developers are also now seeing this same situation as a way for them enter the worldwide market.
People in Japan are often the first to lay their hands on the latest and the coolest gadgets ever made; it is no surprise that they have embraced smartphones long before they were called smartphones. Almost all major smartphone manufacturers have established their presence in the Japanese market. Needless to say that both domestic and international players contribute a significant part to the smartphone population of Japan.
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