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.
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.
- Its a smallish download and a install that takes about a minute.
- 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.
- Notice that none of the apps start with the word ‘Symbian’. This improved search should help in discovering more apps.
- While on the subject on the Ovi Store, you can also download our very own ‘The Symbian Blog’ app for free from the Ovi Store. For non touch devices and this is the link for touch devices.
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.