Back in mid-December we reported on the dual-screen Android tablet that NEC was coming out with and you may or may not remember us mentioning that they were also planning to open up their own app store called Andronavi. Well if you have been waiting for Andronavi to open up for some reason, the wait is now over.
NEC announced today that Andronavi is officially open for business offering up a selection of games, tools, manga and photo collections among other items, mostly based around Japanese content. Also coming along with the opening are a bunch of Japanese style themes exclusively available only on Andronavi.
Sifting through everything, there are some cool little gems to be found on there, especially if you dig the Japanese style art. Right now though the line-up is a bit thin with each category only having a few pages each but you can expect more to become available over time. Currently it is just the opening line-up of apps and NEC BIGLOBE is stating that Andronavi should have around 60,000 apps available by the end of 2012.
Andronavi offers potential buyers the ability to pay with Credit Card or PayPal as well. If you are curious at all, go check it out. Good news, Angry Birds is on there.
NEC BIGLOBE Launches Android(TM) Application Download Marketplace
-- "andronavi" offers COOL JAPAN apps and content, including games and manga --
TOKYO--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--NEC BIGLOBE, Ltd. (Headquarters: Shinagawa Ward, Tokyo; President and CEO: Hisao Iizuka; BIGLOBE) announced today the USA launch of "andronavi" (http://us.andronavi.com), an Android apps and content download service that also features reviews of COOL JAPAN Android apps and content, including many based on uniquely Japanese themes.
andronavi offers convenient tools, games, manga (Japanese comics) and photo collections. Applications include "SAMURAI--Ryoma Sakamoto," an exclusive app which allows users to change their home screen to a samurai theme, "Missing 2," a realistic break-out game that is popular in Japan and "SUGOI BOOKS," an e-book app that allows users to buy popular Japanese manga. Furthermore, photo collection apps provide access to images of famous Japan sights, such as Mt. Fuji and Kyoto.
In the coming months, BIGLOBE will aggressively expand the range of andronavi's apps and content services, targeting the key concept of COOL JAPAN, including "APPLESEED," a manga publication that is also popular in the USA, and "Annie's Wild Shot," a gun-shooting app set in the Old West. BIGLOBE plans to expand the number of apps and content to 60,000 by the end of FY2012.
NEC BIGLOBE, Ltd. (Established in July, 2006, based in Tokyo) is a member company of NEC group, one of Japan's most powerful IT companies. The company is one of the largest internet service providers in Japan and offers a variety of networking services, contents and applications, and had 22.32 million service users as of the end of December, 2010.