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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.

Nokia To Launch An India Centric Version Of The Ovi Store By December

The ‘Ovi Store’ is accessible in India and works here like it does in any other country, however that’s not enough as Nokia plans to introduce a localised version of its store in India according to the the national daily, Economic Times.

Nokia Ovi Store India

According to Vineet Taneja, Nokia India Director (Marketing), the desi-version will have a slew of apps which are customised for the Indian market and the focus will be on Indian apps in areas like location-based services (both GPS and cellphone tower based), music, entertainment, business and even utilities. Operator based billing will be introduced to drive revenue from the store.

Nokia also plans to enable the app store in phones across its portfolio by early 2010. “We are currently tying up with Indian developers to roll out local applications. The idea is to create a business model for apps in India so that developers, too, can monetise their work”.

Meanwhile, both RIM and Apple are also working on India specific versions of their application stores. It will be nice to see some competition.

[via: TechTicker]