Most popular Apps in the Middle East

A new report from Distimo and Mobile Entertainment Forum finds that the most popular apps in the emerging markets of the Middle East (Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates) are messaging apps.

In the US, games are the most popular, and revenue generating, apps. In the Middle East, its communication apps:

Instant messaging (IM) applications are among the most popular applications in the emerging markets of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. Examples include WhatsApp Messenger, Live Messenger and Easy IM Free.

The question is, do these get around the monitoring or monitoring capability that the Saudi government recently obtained from the makers of the Blackberry?

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