The Cupertino-based company today officially opened a new App Accelerator in Bangalore, India. The announcement comes less than a year after the company announced plans to open iOS App Design and Development Accelerator also in India’s Silicon Valley.
At the centre, a group of experts will lead briefings and provide one-on-one app reviews for developers. The company is calling it “the first-of-its-kind facility” for the nation which already has tens of thousands of developers making apps for iOS.
“We are impressed by the great entrepreneurial spirit in India, and are excited to provide a platform for these developers to share their innovations with customers around the world,” said Phil Schiller, senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing in a press statement.
Apple has grown more focused on India. In addition to setting up development centres, the company is also about to begin manufacturing locally in the nation, a move that would allow it to cut the prices of the iPhones for the Indian market.
With Apple’s push to turn India into its next major market, it will pay in the long run to have quality apps that solve local problems on the App Store. The company’s global rivals Facebook, Microsoft, and Google have also made efforts to build developer communities in India