Apple is increasing its focus on India after announcing plans to open its first developer center in the country.

Apple said it will work to inspire and instruct developers on best practices, help them hone their skills and transform the design, quality and performance of their apps on the iOS platform.

Building an ecosystem of top apps is one way that Apple can appeal to consumers who are in the market for a smartphone.

The U.S. company has steadily put more attention on India in recent years, in part because India s smartphone market is showing signs of serious growth potential and also to offset some of the company s reliance on China for revenue.

That s far behind China, where Apple currently enjoys around 22 percent of sales, according to data from Kantar.

The company is seen by many as under pressure from the government — appeasing the state, which is cracking down on overseas tech firms, may be behind Apple s $1 billion investment in Chinese Uber rival Didi Chuxing — while the Chinese smartphone market s slowdown is a key reason Apple disappointed in its recent earnings.

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