The number of downloads from Ovi Store, which has about 40,000 applications, have hit the mark of five million per day, Nokia has announced recently.
Notably, Symbian devices, such as the Nokia N8, Nokia C6-01, Nokia C7 and Nokia E7, account for about 15 per cent of the daily downloads despite the fact that the Finnish handset maker is doing away with it in favour of Windows Phone 7.
Tero Ojanpera, Nokia’s executive vice president of services and developer experience, says, “This momentum continues to demonstrate consumers’ appetite for Nokia’s global and locally relevant apps, and will help us plan the future apps store experience for improved and new Symbian devices, as well as Nokia smartphones based on the planned collaborative opportunities with Microsoft”.
Nokia is increasing the size of the whole Ovi platform. In fact, the Nokia Ovi Store support has been extended to Series 40 devices also in the last two months. This move is also probably sort of a preparation for a smooth transition to the Windows Phone Marketplace.
It can be safely said that as long as the Windows Phone device doesn’t get launched from Nokia, Symbian phones and apps will have a good run in the Ovi Store. Nokia claims there are 158 studios which have got one million downloads each.
When the Ovi Store began its journey, users did not have pretty easy time finding their way around it but the company learned quickly from its experience. It reached the figure of 2.3 million downloads every day last October itself, and now it is more than double. The store is definitely behind its competition, but the direction it’s headed in seems to be right.