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Alibaba’ ‘9Apps’ hits 260 million monthly active users worldwide

9Apps, a popular app store from UCWeb and part of Alibaba Mobile Business Group announced clocking of over 260 million monthly active users (MAUs) who generate over 800 million app distributions every month (26 million app downloads every single day).
9Apps has also announced the release of Version 3.0 with an upgraded User Interface and a brand new ‘Stylish’ experience for its users. To popularize the new look, 9Apps has roped in Bipasha Basu and Karan Singh Grover to announce the launch and reach out to India’s young and increasingly-connected demographic.
India is 9Apps’ Biggest Growth Driver
The Indian market has been a huge contributor to 9Apps’ staggering growth. 9Apps has a huge repository of localized and region-specific apps, making it the favorite third-party app store amongst Indian users.
“90 percent of our users are in the 15 to 30-year age bracket,” said Country Manager of 9Apps India, Ebrahim Popat indicating that every one out of six young people in India use 9Apps. The Indian youth (below the age of 35), makes up over 65 percent of the India population and dominates the Indian app market.
“The younger generation is consumers as well as decision makers in the Indian app market. Tonnes of apps are being launched every single day, so a good app is not good enough for users any more.
Young users looking for something that can cater to their needs, yet is cool and stylish. And that is what we aim to offer with 9Apps 3.0 – A young and stylish app store for all,” added Ebrahim Popat.
Apart from providing localized and most popular apps with a smooth user experience, 9Apps is also committed to help local developers and bolster a healthy ecosystem in the country. Last month, 9Apps announced InDev Program, a USD 20 million plan to help Indian independent and start-up developers with specially designed solutions, especially in user acquisition and monetization.
The program aims to help over 100 independent and small developers over the next two years.
9Apps 3.0: Be Stylish inside-out
Stylish 9Apps 3.0 fulfils its commitment to “Be cool outside, be powerful inside.”
The change in design gives a youthful and energetic look to the app while fun and personalized elements make the app store smarter and more user-friendly.
Some highlights of 9Apps 3.0:
More stylish: Bright colors, curvy design, a more delightful and inviting page view. The theme color – India Red was voted as the most liked color by Indian youth.
More fun: Funny animations appear while the page loads/updates to make the wait more pleasant.
Faster: Boot time shortened by 40 percent; page loading accelerated by 50 percent-making the experience more smooth.
Smarter: Precise calculation ensures more accurate and personalized app recommendations to each user, accordingly to individual preference
More entertaining: A single button for abundant entertainment resources including music, video, stickers, wallpapers and more

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