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Nokia Ovi Store Launches 64

Kensai7 writes "The much-awaited Nokia Ovi Store opened for business yesterday. By following a business model similar to that of successful rival Apple for the iPhone, Nokia is trying to provide developers and customers a vast portfolio of Symbian OS applications, games, widgets, etc. TechCrunch took a look at some of the more interesting applications available at the start, but was disappointed by the launch itself. The Ovi Store team acknowledged some difficulties due to high levels of traffic."
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Nokia Ovi Store Launches

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  • Re:Ovi? (Score:4, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 27, 2009 @10:37AM (#28109495)

    Ovi is Finnish, it means "door".

  • Re:Nokia vs Apple (Score:4, Informative)

    by piledriversamson ( 1563435 ) on Wednesday May 27, 2009 @11:41AM (#28110403)

    Does Apple just do a better job marketing and thus enjoys a greater market share?

    Apple doesn't hold a greater marketshare. Symbian OS holds almost 50% of the smartphone OS market while Apple's OS barely holds 10%. You clearly have no clue what you are talking about.

  • ARGH, Epic. Fail. (Score:5, Informative)

    by SpooForBrains ( 771537 ) on Wednesday May 27, 2009 @11:48AM (#28110499)

    I have a Nokia E71, so I thought I'd give this a go.

    Here's the process I went through.

    1. Visit the Ovi store
    2. Register, giving my number
    3. Wait for SMS to arrive, click on embedded link, which opens in the phone's web browser to confirm registration.
    4. Find an app I like the look of on Ovi store on my PC (Nokia Magnifyer, silly, small, free. Ideal first test)
    5. Click on Nokia magnifyer
    6. Click on Send to phone, confirm phone number, wait for SMS to arrive
    7. Open SMS, click on embedded link
    8. Wait for web browser to load the page
    9. Page shows overview of the app, with a "Download" button
    10. Enter user information to log in (and the page is FUGLY)
    11. Now logged in, same overview page is displayed. Click on the "Download" button AGAIN.
    12. Confirm download.
    13. Here begins the standard application installation procedure, which involves something in the region of ten separate button presses.
    14. Browse to "Installation" folder, and launch Nokia Magnifyer.

    Jesus H Christ, they think this is going to compete with the App store?

  • Re:Nokia vs Apple (Score:2, Informative)

    by peppepz ( 1311345 ) on Wednesday May 27, 2009 @12:32PM (#28111205)
    Outside America, the iPhone has been less successful than you might think.
    Here in Italy, none of my friends has an iPhone, geek or not.
    It's missing features that we’re used to see even on the cheapest Chinese-made phone on sale here (bluetooth, mms, video call).
  • by dwater ( 72834 ) on Wednesday May 27, 2009 @04:21PM (#28114329)

    > Maybe they have a new version of their web browser ... but who cares? they won't provide upgrades if you have an "ancient" model from 6 months ago!


    Who cares? Use one of the several third party ones[1] that's available. Try that on the's far from certain to me that Apple will allow you to install another web browser on *their* phone. If you like they way they do it, then great, but if you don't, you're (from what I've been told) screwed - because Apple think they know better than you do.

    With Nokia phones, you can install whatever you want. "Jail break"...what's that?

    [0] You're exaggerating. They just pick where to spend their effort. I just upgraded the firmware on my E90 about a month ago, and the E90 is year's old.
    [1] [] for example. I just loaded that on my E90.

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