Ovi Store Gets An Update – So Does The Client

If you tried using the Ovi Store today, you would have noticed that it was down for some scheduled maintenance. Its back up now and with that come some under the hood improvements,  a new Ovi Store client v1.07(12) and a couple of visible differences. The Ovi Store client is still based on WRT and very similar to what you have been using thus far.

Ovi Store Gets An Update - So Does The Client

The first change that you will notice is the ‘Load more items..’ dialog once you reach the end of a page, this gets rid of the page by page display of apps and is helpful if you quickly want to go back to an app that you may have overlooked. Next is the fact that search is now much better, it probably searches the entitle and description instead of just the start of the app’s name, as was the case earlier.

Ovi Store Gets An Update - So Does The Client

  • Its a smallish download and a install that takes about a minute.

Ovi Store Gets An Update - So Does The Client

Ovi Store Gets An Update - So Does The Client

Ovi Store Gets An Update - So Does The Client

  • The look and feel is similar to what we are used to, so if you were hoping for a Qt based client you will have to wait some more.

Ovi Store Gets An Update - So Does The Client

  • Notice that none of the apps start with the word ‘Symbian’. This improved search should help in discovering more apps.

Ovi Store Gets An Update - So Does The Client

There is better use of channels and labeling to help discover more content, and the team at AAS thinks that the client seems faster as well. Notice any other improvements? Let us know in the comments section below.

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  1. The Ovi Store app still has three major flaws:

    1. It’s slower than the mobile web-based site. This could, almost, be forgiven if the app delivered more functionality than the mobile web interface but it doesn’t. It actually delivers less functionality as my next two points clearly demonstrate.

    2. There is no way to re-download an app without uninstalling it. My Mail For Exchange client often fails on restart, reporting that I should create a MFE profile, which it does not allow me to do. Endless restarts do cure the problem eventually as the MFE client finally discovers the profile, which was there all along. Far quicker to reinstall the MFE client, except you can’t from the Ovi Store app, you can only do that from the mobile web interface, which is frustrating as the Ovi Store App keeps trying to launch. Anyone know how to disable the thing?

    3. To search for something in the Ovi Store app you click on the “Search” box,this then takes you to another page, with another search box, you then have to click down to actually select this box. Then you have to click on it again before you can actually enter the search string. That’s just bad design. The mobile web interface is much better, with one search box that you simply click once to enter a string. Trouble is the search then fires up that dashed Ovi Store App again!

    All in a frustrating experience and not at all user-friendly.

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