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Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by warakawa, Feb 11, 2011.

  1. warakawa

    warakawa Newbie
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    I just got my first android phone, and had a look in the marketplace, there was so many applications in Korean, more than any other language other than English. Why is that?


  2. warakawa

    warakawa Newbie
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    well why didn't they writing them in English? I can't read Korean
  3. warakawa

    warakawa Newbie
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    then why are they putting Korean applications in the Australian marketplace?
  4. warakawa

    warakawa Newbie
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    my point, for the world in English.
  5. RJT185

    RJT185 Android Enthusiast

    Raise the anglocentric flag and let it go, I don't think they can wrap their heads around the concept.
  6. takeshi

    takeshi Android Expert

    Seriously? :rolleyes:
  7. qwer

    qwer Member

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    Android is an open platform, anyone can make any kind of app for it. If they want to make an app in Korean, they can. They didn't target those apps for English speakers, but for Koreans. Just because you and quite a few other Android users speak English, doesn't mean every app should be in English. If there is an app in a language you don't understand, just don't download it. You don't lose anything even if someone else gets an app or two in their own language.

    Edit: OP, I'm really sorry about my language! I went too far and have absolutely nothing against you!
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  8. Edward Turner

    Edward Turner Newbie

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    If it were not for those very clever Korean's there would be no LG or Samsung and the smart-phone industry would we way behind where it is now.

    Grow up warakawa and embrace the fact that there are an awful lot of people on this planet who are not so fortunate to have English as their mother tongue.:D
  9. warakawa

    warakawa Newbie
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    how dare you guys call me a racist, point out to me where I made a racist comment here?

    I went to the market on my Australian network and it was flooded with languages I do not understand, natuarally I expected some sort of language filter system to be in place on Android market to help me find the application in languages I would understand.

    I have no problem with people writing application in other language, it is just Android market is mess with all different languages mixed together.
  10. lordofthereef

    lordofthereef Android Expert

    What are you actually searching for. I have come across some apps that were in foreign languages, but nowhere near what you are stating you are finding. Try using appbrain marketplace (it is a market alternative available on the market itself). It is generally really good at giving/suggesting the right sorts of apps for you.
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  11. Lol this whole thread made me crack up, I mean honestly who cares? And who the hell browse the AppMarket? Only download what you know, if you don't like it then don't look at it. Could you at least post screenshot? Lol
  12. kevin@teslacoilsw

    kevin@teslacoilsw Well-Known Member

    The Android Market is really to blame, not developers. The Market should provide a per-user option to filter out apps based on how they are localized.

    Developers have the option of what country (not language) the app will be available in. But there is no real incentive to not select "All Countries". If I was a Korean developer releasing an app only in Korean, I'd still select All Countries because what about Koreans living in Australia or the US or wherever? It might bother you, but you aren't the target audience so it doesn't really matter if you hate that developer. The Koreans living abroad would be bothered if they couldn't find the app and they're the ones that the developer is interested in keeping happy (And getting their ad clicks or selling them pro versions).
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  13. ToshibaMan

    ToshibaMan Newbie

    actually 1/6th of the world speaks English

    and ive never seen any korean apps.... ive seen some japanese and some chinese lol
  14. Colchicine

    Colchicine Android Expert

    I fail to see the intent of racism. The OP had a simple misunderstanding about the structure of the App Market.

    Apparently it's trendy to crucify someone over something innocuous if it remotely relates to another person's race. Ironically, in the spirit of acceptance for all, there are those that forgo that very principle to banish the OP.
  15. jtcady

    jtcady Member

    i lol'ed..

    But that is why you use this forum and appbrain to research apps
  16. Slug

    Slug Check six!
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    A sincere "thank you" to those who actually provided something helpful in answer to the OP's question.

    To those who responded otherwise, I suggest some time spend reviewing the Site Guidelines to familiarise yourselves with what is and isn't acceptable on Android Forums.
  17. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    I see a few Korean applications, as well as Chinese and Japanese applications in the Market. Mostly in the transport and travel section,* which is to be expected here. But I wouldn't call it an excessive amount. The vast majority of applications I'm seeing are in English. This is on my Korean made, UK version, Samsung phone here in China.

    *No.1 Application is something called 'Seoul Bus'...Presumably this has no relation to Soul Train
  18. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    Great idea. The best thing that one could possibly do.
  19. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    FYI I don't see any paid applications in the Market here in China. Hong Kong and Macau, yes. Mainland, no. Most application that I see are in English. I think the vast majority of Chinese applications are distributed outside of the Android Market. Phones and tablets sold here do not have Android Market, i.e. not 'With Google'.
  20. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    Using Google or Apple here in China, is quite a mixed experience.

    Docs, wordprocessing and spreadsheets, Picasa and Google Images, not available, unless one is paying for a proxy or VPN outside of China. Gmail, Calendar and Maps, OK here. Google does have free ad-supported music streaming and MP3 downloads, but only in mainland China and nowhere else.
    'Ads by Google' and AdSense only appear on academic internet connections, never on residential connections. Search works but is heavily censored.

    Apple iTunes Store is available, but only if one has a Visa, Mastercard or Amex credit-card associated with one's account, even for free stuff.

    Sorry to interrupt but URGENT! - iFans - iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch Fans forums
    'It's difficult to get a visa mastercard or amex in china. Most people have china unionpay debit cards. visa or mastercards are only available as credit cards and you have to own property or deposit 45K USD to get one of those.'

    I'm sure Apple's thinking here is. If one is rich enough to own a genuine iPad or iPhone, one is rich enough to fit into this category.

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