Something Nokia users had given up on is finally happening, the Ovi Store will now start telling you when updates are available for the apps you have installed on your phone. This means no more hunting for the developer’s website to download the latest versions, and a much better Ovi Store (now Nokia Store) experience.
The new Ovi Store client (version 2.8) will be rolled out to Symbian^3 devices next week and the others will follow in due course. The update will also bring better top free and best seller recommendations along with more useful related items.
“After updating to Store 2.8, when the user launches the Store client and signs in, the client automatically checks if any of their downloaded apps have an update available. If there are updates, the user will see a green flag in the corner of your screen by your “Account” tab. Touching the flag will take the user to his account page where he can choose to update “All” or select individual apps.”
“With this release, we have also tweaked our algorithm for delivering Top Free and Best Sellers to make app and game listings more relevant for consumers. In particular, we refined our inputs and made the algorithm more precise so that the Store displays an exact representation of what is “Top” or “Best” by country and by device.
For instance, if a game is wildly popular and heavily used on an E72 device, it will not affect the rankings on an N8 device if the game is not also equally popular. The same applies for country-based variation. This will result in more relevant content selections and rankings, and in many cases, improve the discoverability of local applications. This feature is available across all device families, .com and .mobi sites.”
All in all it makes for a very welcome update to the Ovi Store, next week couldn’t come sooner.