Nokia readies its own App Store with 20,000 titles

The world's largest handset manufacturer, Nokia, is prepping its long-awaited application store for mobile devices

The world's largest handset manufacturer, Nokia, is prepping its long-awaited application store for mobile devices at the end of May. With the new service, which is called the Ovi Store, the Finnish company will try to emulate Apple's success -- only with more than 20,000 titles at launch.

The Ovi Store, expected for a few months now, will debut with a large catalog of items, unlike Apple, RIM and Google, whose stores launched with a few hundred apps and a few dozen respectively. At the moment, Apple's App Store has just counted 40,000 applications since its launch ten months ago, according to reports.

Nokia's Ovi Store will be preloaded on the N97 model, the company's upcoming flagship model featuring a touchscreen and a QWERTY keyboard. The store will also come on future phones. Current Nokia phone users will be able to download the Ovi Store app online and load it on their handsets.

But don't be fooled by the five-digit number of content on Nokia's upcoming Ovi Store. The store will contain 20,000 titles -- which means that only a fraction of those will be applications, the rest being multimedia content such as short videos, audio files, and other entertainment clips.

However, Nokia's app store will bring a few interesting concepts. The company says the Ovi Store will use the GPS chips (present in most new Nokia phones) to find and recommend content based on the users' location. Ovi Store will also be used as a distribution platform for new firmware releases, and of course, updates to already installed software.

Tags mobile phonesapp storeNokia

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Daniel Ionescu

PC World (US online)

Comments

Comments are now closed.

Most Popular Reviews

Follow Us

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Latest News Articles

Resources

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?