Nokia, which recently posted very disappointing quarterly results, finally has some good news. The Ovi Store, Nokia’s application store, just hit a major milestone – it now has more than 50,000 apps.
MobileBusinessBriefing reports that there are now more than 50,000 apps available in the Ovi Store. Nearly 6.5 million apps are now downloaded from the Ovi store every day.
While the numbers are very encouraging, they are still much lower than the Apple App Store and the Android Market. The App Store has over 425,000 apps, and the Android Market has more than 250,000 apps. The Windows Phone 7 Marketplace currently offers close to 27,000 apps.
Both Apple and Android have overtaken Nokia in terms of smartphone sales, but Nokia still has a very large installed user base around the world, around 225 million users. It recently released devices powered by the new Symbian Anna OS, but will be shifting its focus to a new platform – Windows Phone 7 – soon.
Nokia will also be launching the Nokia N9, a MeeGo based device soon. It also restated its vision for QT based apps, which will run on both platforms – Symbian and MeeGo. Unfortunately, QT based apps wouldn’t run on Windows Phone 7 devices, which means developers will have to choose between the two options.
Back in 2009, Nokia launched the Ovi Store, which allows you to download and access free apps as well as paid apps on the Nokia smartphones. While it was not possible in India to purchase apps via operator billing, most of the American and European countries already has the operator billing service. This service lets you download paid apps from the Ovi Store and the amount is deducted from your pre-paid account or charged in your postpaid account.
Finally, after waiting for more than a year, Nokia launched the operator billing service for its Ovi Store in partnership with Reliance Communications in India. Now, Nokia users can easily pay for the paid apps from their Reliance number. If you are a prepaid Reliance users, then the amount will be deducted from your pre-paid account. If you are a postpaid users, then the amount will be reflected in the monthly mobile phone bill.
Commenting on this alliance, Prashant Gokarn 3G Head, Reliance Communications, said, Nokia and RCOM relationship brings exclusive apps through Ovi Store coupled with a convenient purchase process. This service will usher in significant growth in adoption and usage of apps in India. This service is a big step in a series of innovation led products from RCOM.
V Ramnath, Director Operator Channels, Nokia India, said, Our partnership with Reliance Communications is a big step towards providing Indian consumers easy and simplified access to Ovi Store content through operator billing. The response from consumers in India has already exceeded our expectations, with the number of weekly downloads crossing 4.5 million. We believe our partnership will help accelerate this further.
Reliance Communications is the first mobile service provider to offer the operator billing for its subscribers in India. More operators are expected to join the bandwagon in the coming months. What are your views regarding the Ovi Store operator billing in India? Let us know your views in the comments below.
Let’s face it, the Ovi Store might not really stack up to some of the offerings from the competition, fortunately, the folks at Nokia are working away at making it a better experience for users. Today, the Ovi Store got a small update that polishes things up just a bit more by adding the much needed feature of spelling correction. Text input on a mobile device can be a bit finicky, by using intelligent search correction, the Ovi Store can correct your spelling and search for the most relevant item you are looking for.
The update also brings the addition of Hindi and Arabic languages to the S40 client, which also receives an update that packages up a brand new UI that makes it easier for users to locate and download apps, games, themes and music. The updates are live now and are a welcomed addition to the growing Ovi Store. Visit the Nokia Ovi Blog for the official word.
Nokia is banking on the N900 to bring back some lost glory in the touch screen enabled Smartphone market. The device is pretty decent and runs on Maemo. However, success of a mobile phone is no longer dependent on just a good handset, more often than not the apps for the phone also plays a big part in its success.
Nokia released a OTA (Over-the-air) firmware update v1.2009.44-1 for the N900 yesterday. However, in addition to that they have also opened up the OVI store for Nokia N900. Users will have to perform the OTA upgrade to be able to access the OVI store.
You can install apps, games and download audio and video content from the OVI store. The Nokia blog has a video of the OVI store being accessed on a Nokia N900.
Do you have a Nokia N900? Are you able to access the OVI store through the official app? Do let us know through your comments.