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Chinese App Stores Introduce Stricter Regulations on App Publishing


BNR – Mobile app stores in China have recently implemented measures that bar app launches if they don’t meet requirements.

They include those operated by Tencent Holdings, Xiaomi, and other tech giants.

These developments align with the new regulations introduced last month by Beijing, which aim to enhance oversight of mobile apps.

The stringent rules have triggered concerns within the tech industry, suggesting that publishing apps in the country may become challenging. Furthermore, this move will potentially lead to the removal of several apps from the stores.

New Rules Mandate Comprehensive Business Details

The newly implemented rules mandate that mobile app publishers submit comprehensive business details to the Chinese government. Indeed, app stores in China have a deadline until the end of August to meet the requirements.

Rich Bishop, CEO of app company AppInChina, said Android app stores confirmed that new apps must comply with these rules.

“It forces all global apps on these app stores to either establish a local entity or work with a local partner,” Bishop explained.

These regulations reflect Beijing’s ongoing scrutiny of China’s technology sector, even as it concludes a years-long, extensive regulatory crackdown.

Major App Stores Issue Warnings

Meanwhile, major Android-based app stores such as Tencent, Huawei Technologies, Xiaomi, OPPO, and Vivo have issued notices to app publishers. Additionally, they have warned that new apps lacking the requisite paperwork will not be featured on their platforms.

It is not yet known how Apple’s app store in the Asian state will adhere to the new rules of filing.

The Chinese government is persistent in monitoring the situation, with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) holding talks with industry businessmen about the new regulations.

In addition, the notices from these application stores indicate that they will be required to display each app’s filing status. This will ensure transparency and adherence to regulatory requirements.


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