New Windows® Phone Markets open for app developers
The developers of smartphone apps can now submit their apps in the 23 newly added Windows Phone markets. These 23 markets are in addition to the already existing five markets. By the addition of these 23 markets, the developers will be able to gain access to around 60% more potential customers.
The new regions that have been added are Europe – Iceland; Central and South America – Venezuela and Costa Rica; Asia – Vietnam, Thailand, Kazakhstan and China; Middle East – United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Iraq and Bahrain; and Eastern Europe – Bulgaria. The Windows Phone Marketplace is already available in most countries. Developers can get their apps submitted to these new marketplaces through the App Hub.
A few additional certification requirements might be required in some regions due to local laws and customs. These regions are UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Malaysia, Kazakhstan, Iraq, Indonesia, China, and Bahrain. It usually takes a week or so to get the certification for apps in these regions.