Paid applications had been absent from the Indian Ovi Store for a few days now, now we know why – the Ovi Store backend was being overhauled to put operator billing in place. Nokia and Reliance Mobile at a joint event in Mumbai today announced that operator billing was coming to Indian consumers on Reliance Mobile’s networks, making it the first such tie up in India.
(Prashant Gokarn, Reliance Mobile & V Ramnath, Director – Operator Channels, Nokia India at the Mumbai Announcement)
The app prices will be shown in Rupees and the ability to pay via the operator would be available to both prepaid and postpaid subscribers. The Ovi Store globally sees 4 million downloads a day, but in India this figure rises to 4.5 million a day.
There is no word on the proposed revenue sharing between Nokia and Reliance. What will be interesting to see is if the other operators also come on board with Nokia, specially since like Reliance, Airtel and Aircel already have their own App Stores. In any case, this is great news for Nokia users in India, specially those who hated the credit card only payment option.
I have received confirmation that the device we have all been waiting for ages in India, is finally making it here. From what I hear, the third week of June is when you should be able to get your hands on it. But that’s not the reason for this post, if you are in India and have been waiting for it, I’ll have some even better news to share in the coming days.
As you may have noticed, I have been using the work ‘it’ to describe the device, its for a reason and unfortunately I cannot tell you about it now – blame the embargo. In order to give you a little teaser I had decided to do a video which unfortunately sounds more like an advertisement right now, but since I did take the time to edit it, I am publishing it away.
Clinton Jeff has also tried to tell you the same thing as I am, albeit in a different manner. So if what I have said sounds odd to you, clickthrough to see his version.
AAS had reported a few days back that Nokia Maps has hit beta 2.0. The new application came with a new Map loader version 1.3.5. You can download Nokia Maps beta 2.0 and the Map Loader here. I had expected some sort of data update for India with the new map loader but it didn’t happen immediately. Today I just found the the map data for India has been upped from the earlier 21 MB to 24.1 MB.
I don’t have the details of the data that has been updated and I sincerely hope that we do get a big update sometime soon since Nokia has already launched the Navigator in India.