Nokia says today (May 26) its Ovi Store is available globally to an estimated 50 million Nokia device owners. It covers over 50 Nokia devices including the forthcoming device, N97. Users can download games, videos, podcasts, productivity tools, web and location-based services.
Mobile stores for all types of devices are increasingly gaining popularity. Last month, for example, Apple had announced that consumers have downloaded one billion applications from its App Store in nine months.
Also, BlackBerry App World launched in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom on April 1. It provides BlackBerry smartphone users with easy access to games, social networking, and productivity applications on-the-go. Similarly, Android Market is also an open marketplace for the recently introduced Android-powered devices such as the T-mobile G1.
According to Nokia, in available countries, customers can update their devices with the Ovi Store mobile application by selecting the Ovi Store icon in the Download! folder on their device. The mobile client is available in English, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish and supports operator billing in Australia, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Russia, Singapore, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
Users can visit store.ovi.com through their Nokia device browser for downloads.
Globally, credit card billing is available through the mobile application and the mobile website. Additional countries, languages, devices and features will be added throughout the year, Nokia says.
Ovi Store is a media service that offers free and paid content. Content providers and application developers can distribute their content through Ovi Store by visiting http://publish.ovi.com