Nokia Ovi Store apps downloaded 160% more than iOS apps

Research2Guidance  released some very interesting stats yesterday regarding application downloads from the various app stores/markets/marketplaces/app worlds and all the other names that have to be used because the term App Store is apparently not generic. Anyways, the data was really interesting because of this:

Yup. That’s right. Nokia’s Ovi Store generates more downloads per app than any other Application Delivery Platform (I guess one can use that term, unless some other company has started using it as a Store name). 160% more than iOS in fact. In fact, it shows that the Windows Phone Marketplace and the Blackberry App World have 80% and 43% more app downloads than iOS. Guess having ten times the number of apps as Windows Phone hasn’t helped iOS (or Android), probably because app discovery is an issue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s the Press Release:

“Apps On Nokia’s OVI Store Had 2.5 Times Higher Download Numbers In Q2 2011 Compared To Apps on Apple App Store

The “average app” has a better chance to generate downloads on “non-hyped” platforms.

Despite all the hype around the major platforms Android and iOS, publishers are still overlooking the hidden potentials of the niche players. The Q2 2011 results of our smartphone application monitoring report indicate that those applications published on the less popular platforms, such as WP7 marketplace or Blackberry’s AppWorld, generate significantly more downloads compared to the Apple App Store.

Significantly lower competition, yet a sufficiently large user base that desires apps, are the major reasons for this.  Symbian still retains, by far, the highest potential user base. Even though its users are incomparably less active than iOS’s heavy downloaders, it still generates significant download volumes to Symbian publishers.  This is largely because whilst Apple boasts of its 400,000 apps, the OVI store contains less than a tenth of that number.

Looking into average numbers, the Android Market stands not far behind the Apple App Store.  This quarter, the average Android App attracted just 5% less users than iOS.  Competition is harsh.

However, going in for very small niche platforms may not be the best idea either. LG World! and Samsung’s App Store are struggling to generate user attention.  Although LG has less than 3,000 apps and as a result it is much easier to be discovered there, its user base is just too low.

Although the Symbian platform is seen by some developers to be clumsy and outdated, as well as Nokia’s transition to WP7 which has fuelled discussions as to when Nokia will give up its platform completely, the current status seems to be promising.  Recently, Nokia reported the launch of three new Symbian Smartphones and confirmed that these will not be the last of the products, nor updates, to be delivered on Symbian.

Find other important Q2 2011 market developments in the new volume of the research2guidance Smartphone App Market Monitor. The third volume of the report includes a special interest chapter on mobile retail market.”

 

Source: BGR

Colors by MMMOOO -Symbian Theme

Colors by MMMOOO is a nice colorful theme for your Symbian Phone. This theme is compatible with Symbian ^3 and Symbian S60 v5 phones. The theme also features Symbian Anna icons, so you get those even though you’re on the older version of Symbian.

Get the theme free from Ovi Store.

Angry Birds for the N900

Well this is a review long overdue. But my excuse is that i got sidetracked playing the game so much that the review was delayed. Anyway Angry Birds is a game made by Rovio and is available for the N900 at the Ovi store.

Target Acquired

The aim of the game is to destroy the pigs, who have incurred the birds’ wrath by stealing their eggs! You have to launch the birds and decimate the pigs fortresses. The game is simple enough, but will keep you entertained for hours; especially if you’re trying to achieve a perfect score.

21 Different levels to choose from!
Choose different types of birds to destroy the pigs!
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Each bird in the game has a different characteristic power, so choose wisely. Through the  first 21 levels of the game you get to use only 3 of the 5 birds, but have no fear the expansion is here! With 42 extra levels, its sure to keep you entertained for even longer! We’re yet to try that out but you can still go ahead and get it from the Ovi Store over here.

If you’re adventurous and want more from Angry Birds you could participate in the thread at maemo.org where an open source level editor is available. I suggest going through the thread before trying it out on your N900.

All in all, Angry Birds is a great game to have: good graphics, simple gameplay, smart scenarios and an entertaining soundtrack. It’ll definitely keep you busy for hours.

Be sure to try it out, until next time follow us on Twitter! We’re @myportableworld!

Popular Games on Ovi store just 1 Euro this month

Monopoly World

Ovi Store’s running a promo for the next four weeks, where a whole lot of popular Symbian games on the store are going to be sold for just 1 Euro. This is your chance to go and grab that game you always wanted but though was too costly to buy. Don’t wait too long to make use of this offer, it expires on August 12th.

Some of the games which are present on the offer are: Super KO Boxing 2, The Sims 3, Monopoly World, Bejeweled Twist and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Head out and check the titles on offer on Ovi Store.

Here’s what Myles Donald’s says about this July Promo on a post on the Ovi Blog:

“.. I picked up my Nokia N97 (great for gaming!) and phoned some of my friends at EA, Gameloft, PopCap, Fishlabs, and a few dozen other mobile game publishers and got to work.

Luckily they were as excited as I was to do something big around their games and the July Games Promotion was born! From July 12 until August 12 all Ovi customers will be able to download many of the top games, all for just 1 Euro each.”

Which game are you planning on getting through this offer? Let us know by commenting below. If you are looking for the link to the games on this offer, here it is again – store.ovi.com/channel/1886

MyNokiaWorld App now available at the Ovi Store!

Good news everyone! We’ve now got a dedicated MyNokiaWorld App available at the Ovi Store! So now you’ll be able to stay up to date with the latest Nokia news and review from our site.

As of now it works for Symbian devices, and is very easy to use. We’ve added a few screenshots to give you a feel for the app. You can download the MNW app over at the Ovi Store here.

Even once you do download the app, you can still follow us on twitter! We’re @myportableworld

Ovi Store updated to v1.07(12)

The Ovi Store got an update yesterday, on both s60 V3 and V5 devices. The new update brings with it quite a few changes and improvements, such as:

  • Improved listing
  • Updated category structure
  • Improved Search Results
  • Better Performance

You’ll notice that at the end of each page, you’ll find the option to “load more items” instead of showing the “next page” button in the older client.

All you have to do to get the new update is open the ovi store app on your device, where you’ll be prompted to download the new update.

Thanks to ZOMG its CJ for the tip.

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Paid apps for the N900 appear on Ovi Store


Yup! Ovi Store now has paid applications for the N900!! It’s not the first application you had to pay for – Documents To Go was there first. Hopefully this is just the beginning. As of now there are two paid applications and one paid game.

Morpho Quick PanoramaPro

The Morpho Quick PanoramaPro app is now available for € 3.00. Here’s what it lets you do:

“Morpho QuickPanorama Pro lets you take panorama photos easily with one-button capture, and now supports VGA, SVGA, and SXGA resolutions for larger panorama capture than the free trial version. You can also save directly to the N900 panoramic desktop. Also includes a special auto-exposure lighting control feature for the best quality results. For a limited time at this special introduction price, enjoy the new QuickPanorama Pro for easy-to-use high quality panorama photography on N900.”

You can get it here.

Diabetes Meal Planner App

The other application is the Diabetes Meal Planner App, which costs € 10.00:

“This software calculates the overall Glycemic Index (GI) and Glycemic Load (GL) for individual meals and for the entire day to help build a healthy diet for:
• diabetes
• weight loss
• sports performance

It also provides:
• carbohydrate
• calorie
• protein
• fat analysis
• future meal planning for food items by meal and day.
See www.glycemicdietsw.com for more info.”

You can download the application here.

Angry Birds Game – Level Pack 1

The Angry Birds Game now has a level one pack, which is available for € 2.00:

“Angry Birds – Level Pack 1 The survival of the Angry Birds is at stake. Dish out revenge on the green pigs who stole the Birds ’ eggs. Use the unique destructive powers of the Angry Birds to lay waste to the pigs’ fortified castles. Angry Birds features hours of gameplay, challenging physics-based castle demolition, and lots of replay value. Each of the 42 levels requires logic, skill, and brute force to crush the enemy. Protect wildlife, or play Angry Birds!”

You can download the game here.

We’re looking forward to more applications and games coming to the Ovi Store, and to the N900! Keep coming back for more news, reviews and updates. We’re on twitter – @myportableworld. Also visit our facebook page!

Ovi Store Updates to v1.6

I recently got a mail (and it turns out quite a few people have got the same mail) from Ovi Store, which said that Ovi Store had been updated to version 1.6.

It mentioned ta bunch of changes, including:

  • New mobile payment system where you can charge apps to your phone bill rather than using your credit card
  • New rating and comments system

AND

  • More product info, including screenshots.

The new ovi store is available for download from here, or you can just search for it from your current version installed on the phone.

The thing is, it turned out I was already on the *newest* version of the store, and I couldn’t make out any differences! So if you guys have noticed any changes, do let us know!

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*The Ovi Store App is currently available for the following devices: 5230, 5233, 5235, 5320 XpressMusic, 5530 XpressMusic, 5630 XpressMusic, 5730 XpressMusic, 5800 XpressMusic, 6210 Navigator, 6220 Classic, 6650, 6700 Slide, 6710 Navigator, 6720 Classic, 6730 Classic, 6760 Slide, 6790 Slide, 6790 Surge, C5-00, C6-00, E5-00, E52, E55, E63, E66, E71, E71x, E72, E75, E90, N78, N79, N82, N85, N86 8MP, N95, N95 8GB, N96, N97, N97 mini, X6-00, 2700 Classic, 2710 Classic, 2730 Classic, 3120 Classic, 3208 Classic, 3600 Slide, 3710 Fold, 3720 Classic, 5130 XpressMusic, 5220 XpressMusic, 5330 Mobile TV Edition, 6208 Classic, 6216 Classic, 6260 Slide, 6263, 6300i, 6301, 6303 Classic, 6303i Classic, 6350, 6555, 6600 Fold, 6600 Slide, 6600i Slide, 6700 Classic, 6750 Mural, 7020, 7210 Supernova, 7230, 7510 Supernova, 7610 Supernova, C3-00, X3-00

Developer in Focus – Offscreen Technologies

While browsing through the Ovi Store searching for interesting touch-screen apps. I noticed most of the apps i downloaded were from the same developer. So to make my search easier i just began searching for apps developed by Offscreen. They have a plethora of tiny interesting applications available for free download at the Ovi store.

Most of their applications are single screen touch based apps, really well finished and packaged.

Sticky Notes

This is definitely my favorite app from Offscreen, visually pleasing and very easy to use. Its definitely the one to have on your home screen. It allows you to pick different coloured notes and does actually have real world use.  If i had to pick just one app from Offscreen it would have to be this one.

The Scrolling Banner

Another cool application available is the LED banner.

You can customise the banner and choose the colour of the LEDs as well

The screen turns into a scrolling LED banner and you can customise the colour of the LEDs. It may not have use in the real world, unless you want to convey messages to drivers in other cars while you’re stuck in one of Bangalore city’s many traffic jams. Check out Banner touch over at the Ovi store.

As of April 21st 2010, Offscreen Technologies reached 25 milllion downloads on the Ovi Store, you can check out the full press release on their site here.

You could also check out the Offscreen page at the Ovi store, their applications are almost exclusively S60 touch based so make sure your phone is compatible. I’ve included a brief write up of a few applications i tried out.

Anyway until next time, and follow us on twitter, we’re @myportableworld

Level Touch

Level Touch is a simple program with no input needed from the user, just access the program and fiddle with the spirit level. Try it out from the Ovi store!

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Speedometer

The Speedometer App uses the phone’s GPS to give an indication of what speeds you’re doing. Honestly the GPS speeds aren’t incredibly accurate in stop go traffic, but as long as the speeds are consistent the reading are very accurate. You can download the app at the Ovi Store from this link.

Seismograph

Haha the seismograph application, perfect for backseat drivers who insist on critiquing the ride quality of the car they’re being driven around in. Honestly couldn’t find a real world use for the application, but it definitely has some showoff value. See what you can do with this application, the link’s right here.

Compass Touch

Compass Touch gives you your GPS position and the direction which you’re facing, for some reason i wasn’t able to get an accurate compass reading, but the GPS readings were fine.


Minesweeper Touch

Offscreen isn’t all about tiny gimmicky apps, they have games as well, i tried out Minesweeper Touch, though it’s a bit different from the windows classic we’re used to it works quite well and does keep you entertained.

Well that’s all for now (phew). Let us know if there are any interesting apps or developers you’d like us to review!

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