Qualcomm will offer Mobily application developers a combination of technology, resources, development tools and training, as well as organise developer events to encourage the creation of new mobile applications and Arabic language applications for the Saudi region.
Qualcomm will participate in Mobily’s Developer Forum in May where it will work closely with members of the Mobily developer community and provide real-time information on technology and tools.
Mohammed Saad Beseiso, chief consumer officer, Mobily, said: "This collaboration will strengthen the mobile community in Saudi and will ultimately benefit consumers who use the apps, as well as the local economy, which benefits from entrepreneurship."
Arab Advisors Group revealed in a recent survey that 47% percent of users who use applications in Saudi Arabia prefer to use them in the Arabic language compared to 8.2% in each of Jordan and the UAE. It said that smartphone applications combined annual revenues in Saudi Arabia, UAE and Jordan to grow from US$ 44 million in 2011 to US$ 210 million in 2015.
Jihad Srage, President of Middle East, Africa and Central Asia operation, Qualcomm, said: "Saudi Arabia has one of the highest rates of mobile usage in the Arab world, and consumers are demanding content that is relevant to their location, their language and their culture. By providing apps developers with sophisticated development technologies and guidance, Qualcomm and Mobily are working together to empower Saudi Arabia's growing legion of entrepreneurial apps developers and the entire Saudi mobile ecosystem."
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This news came a day after Qualcomm announced that it would be opening a new regional operations centre in Kingdom Tower. Riyadh. This new centre will support device manufacturers, network operators, retailers, distributors and mobile application developers in the region.
Srage added: “The quality and reach of telecommunication services in the Middle East region is advancing at a phenomenal pace, as demonstrated by the pioneering roll out of the latest high-speed mobile broadband technologies in Saudi Arabia, such the first global commercial LTE-TDD networks."
"Demand for smartphones and the expansion of infrastructure continues to accelerate, creating a healthy and competitive business environment that is increasingly offering access to new and exciting wireless services for business and leisure users. Our new presence in Riyadh extends our commitment to Saudi Arabia and helps us to serve partners in the Kingdom more effectively through a local base,” concluded Srage.