Many of China’s tech luminaries are gathered in Beijing for the Two Meetings, and that means they’re all talking to the press. Xu Long, a National People’s Congress rep and the CEO of China Mobile’s Guangzhou subsidiary, took to the airwaves himself yesterday and made a grim pronouncement for China’s mobile market: only 13.7 percent of Chinese mobile app developers are actually making a profit.
It’s not entirely clear where that number comes from, but Xu says the source is “an investigation” of the country’s million-plus mobile app developers. Xu says the low number of profitable developers is evidence that China needs to continue exploring healthy and sustainable models for developing the mobile market.
Despite that rather depressing number, Xu says he’s still quite optimistic about the future of the mobile marketplace in China. And, like the tech CEOs we talked about yesterday, he’s got proposals for how China can improve the marketplace, which center mostly on bolstering China’s broadband and wireless infrastructure as well as giving greater support to tech companies working in mobile.
(via Sina Tech)