KDDI teams with developers for au Smart Pass service

Developers and carriers sometimes work together but are often not natural partners. Japanese operator KDDI wants to change that. Almost exactly one year ago KDDI introduced au Smart Pass, a service whereby its smartphone customers can get unlimited access to approximately 500 Android apps for around $4.90 per month. This includes both free and premium apps such as games from Gameloft, the messaging app Line and the mobile-only Dolphin browser. Most of the apps featured in au Smart Pass are local to Japan, but that may be changing. American developers may soon get a chance to make some money that's not from in-app advertising or app download fees. For more on au Smart Pass, check out this FierceDeveloper special report.