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

Goodbye Ovi, Hello Nokia Services

While Nokia’s Ovi set of services weren’t really the best implemented set of services, it did feature some outstanding services. Ovi Maps was by far the best Navigation service I’ve used, especially since it offered free turn-by-turn navigation. Now Nokia has gone and rebranded it, and pretty soon it’ll just be Nokia Services.

Anyways, here’s the post from Nokia Conversations:

The evolution of Nokia and Ovi

BY ADAM POSTED ON THE 16TH OF MAY 2011 AT 8:02AM

GLOBAL – Starting with first services on some of the new Nokia devices in July and August, Ovi services will be rebranded as Nokia services in a transition expected to continue into 2012. Each of the services under the Ovi umbrella will simply be rebranded as Nokia, with no planned disruption to the service roadmaps.

Nokia’s EVP and Chief Marketing Officer, Jerri DeVard explains the shift:
“We have made the decision to change our service branding from Ovi to Nokia. By centralizing our services identity under one brand, not two, we will reinforce the powerful master brand of Nokia and unify our brand architecture – while continuing to deliver compellingopportunities and experiences for partners and consumers alike.”

[ad#ga-cbox-left]The transition from Ovi to Nokia will begin in July this year, with the intention of it being completed across all countries and all services by the end of 2012. It’s likely that anybody buying a new Nokia smartphone or mobile phone later this year will start to see the new branding on services included within. However anybody already owning a Nokia phone will see this new rebranding through future software updates.

Jerri continues:
“The reasons for this decision includes the fact that Nokia is a well-known and highly-loved brand the world over. Our mobile experiences are tightly integrated with our devices – there is no longer a differentiation. For example, if consumers want the best mobile navigation experience, they know it’s a Nokia that they can rely on. These last few years, and moving forward, our mission remains unchanged: we will continue our work to deliver compelling, unified mobile service offerings and next-generation, disruptive technologies.”

This is solely a name-changing exercise and the service roadmaps will continue exactly as planned. The only difference consumers can expect to see is the replacement of the word Ovi with Nokia, not only on their device software but also in other places such as printed material or online media and advertisements. The transition should be a smooth and seamless one.

Source: Nokia Conversations

Contest: Download Moodagent from Ovi, Win a N8

The folks over at Ovi Blog have an awesome contest running. Here’s what you basically have to do:

Download Moodagent, get 10 free songs and share your favourite Moodagent playlists on Facebook to win a Nokia N8.

Sounds awesome! If you want to know what Moodagent is (Formerly known as Playlist DJ), you can read our review of it over at MyNokiaWorld, over here. It’s basically a software that creates playlists based on your mood.

Here’s a video of Moodagent:

Head over to the Blog, to read more about how you can win yourself an N8. The contest is open to people worldwide!

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Annoying Orange coming to Ovi Soon

Back in December, Nokia posted a video on their Youtube (which was since removed), at the end of which they had the message that the Annoying Orange was coming soon.

Today we received an email from the WOMWorld gang that we’d soon be getting a “Annoying Orange Chatbot pack” sometime next week with just a wee bit of details on what’s coming soon to OVI, and we’d be able to chat with the Annoying Orange soon.

For those of you who haven’t heard of the Annoying Orange yet, it’s a comedy series which started airing on Youtube in October 2009 with more than 1.5 million subscribers to the channel.  The show features a talking Orange which heckles other fruits, vegetables, or nearby animated objects, with puns and jokes froma kitchen counter. You have to check out some of the videos at the channel and here’s YouTube Link – http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=realannoyingorange

Stay tuned to us to find out more about the Annoying Orange as we get more details about it. We’re @myportableworld in Twitter.

Final Notice – Important Ovi Chat & Mail Updates

If you are a Ovi user, there is something you must do now.

Nokia & Yahoo had announced earlier that they would be partnering on Ovi services. Well, now that they’ve started rolling out their Yahoo enabled services, such as Ovi chat and Ovi Mail, all new users have to agree to the new Terms of Service. If you fail to do so, you won’t be able to access your Ovi account.

Here’s the mail I got from the Ovi team:

Final Notice – Important Ovi Chat Updates

Dear XXXXXXXXXXXX,

Nokia is partnering with Yahoo! to power and improve your Ovi Chat experience in the coming months. To continue using Ovi Chat and take advantage of future enhancements, you need to accept the additional Ovi Mail and Ovi Chat by Yahoo! Terms and Privacy Policy. Please click here to start. http://ct.nokia.com/?233564371&121-EISKF

This is the final notice you will receive from Nokia. If you do not accept the new terms, you will be unable to access your account.

Sincerely,
Ovi by Nokia”

So get to it please!

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Nokia World 2010 – Nokia's back!

Thanks to the Nokia India team, last week I was in London to attend the Nokia World 2010 event which was held in London.  Here’s the highlights of the 2 packed days of events in one post.

Niklas Savander, kicked off the event with a bang, in which exclaimed that “Nokia is back!”, their target this year is to stay on to of the market. In the number games, Nokia is still the leader selling 260,000 devices a day, ahead of Apple and Android devices worldwide.

Featured Devices and Launches

Nokia N8 had the centerstage as far as devices went during the event. The folks at Nokia did mention that they got an exceptionally good response from the N8 pre-orders, and it was beyond their expectations. Apart from the N8, they also announced the launch of two C-series devices the C6 and C7 which should be in the markets in the fourth quarter of this year.

They also announced the successor of their communicator line of phones, the E7, which is the sleekest yet. It’s got a huge screen and a side out QWERTY keyboard and is just slightly bigger than the N8, quite a feat. I’ll give you more details of the E7 in a later post. The three devices run on Symbian^3.

Apart from these, Nokia also demoed some great new accessories in the Experience Zone like the the BH-905i Bluetooth Stereo Headset with Active Noise Cancellation and the DT-600 Charging plate which can charge multiple devices at once.

Experience Zone

The experience Zone in Nokia World was an interesting place to spend the time between sessions. You could just walk around and check out the newly announced devices, services and developer stuff all in one area.

I was totally blown with the N8 Home Theatre experience where they had the N8 playing out HD video in surround sound, and also samples of videos shot using the N8. There’s no denying it, the N8 is a multi-media power house. They also had an N8 gaming zone, where people could take the gaming capabilities of this device on a test drive.

Apart from Nokia’s own devices and services they also had other software developers and service provides show demos of their wares. I got to check out the native Foursquare Application for Symbian which should be coming out shortly on Symbian^3 followed later by the support for the older Symbian versions. The Morpho folks were also demoing the QuickPanorama app for Symbian^3 there, and I found it quite easy to use on the N8 to get decent panorama snaps with minimal effort.

I was hoping to see something from Swype over here, but was disappointed to find it missing over at this event.

Meeting the Folks at Nokia

George Linardos & David Rivas

During the course of these two day, I got to meet with some great folks from Nokia. The first meeting on day one was with George Linardos and David Rivas – who gave us a low down on the new devices, and some background on the styling of the N8 and the E7. We also had discussions on the why Nokia was releasing more devices like the X3 Touch and Type, which features a numeric keypad with T9 capabilities along with a touch-screen. An interesting fact he mentioned that a lot of school kids love this phone because they could type out SMS’s without having having to look at the screen, with the phone held under the desk, and they still wanted some of the ease of use which touch enabled on applications. An interesting fact about George Linardos, did you know that he helped produce Hollywood movies like “The People vs. Larry Flynt” and “Zoolander”?

Henry Tirri

Henry Tirri is the flamboyant Head of Research at the Nokia Research center was great fun talking to, and we got some ideas and Henry’s thoughts on what the future holds for mobile devices. Of course, Henry couldn’t give us the top-secret stuff he and his team are working on but some of the ideas he gave were quite exciting to imagine up. He said that the main impediment for mobile users today was the hunched down pose while using these devices. This could be prevented by using gestures to control and use the phone, and projection and on-eye displays so we don’t have to be hunched up over the phone. With more processing power in mobile devices these days, gesture recognition and these so called “futuristic” interaction methods are not to far in the future.

Gerhard Romen & Teppo Paavola

Gerhard and Teppo took us through this very interesting demo of Nokia Money. Nokia’s been piloting this service in collaboration with Yes Bank and Obopay here in Pune, India. They’ve just started rolling this service out into the next city, Chandigarh, and expect to start rolling out into the rest of India pretty soon. This service aims to make the process of money transfer as easy as just sending an SMS. Next year, we should see the Nokia Money application bundled with the Nokia handsets we purchase. Of course, Gerhard did assure us that they have enough levels of security to prevent unauthorized use of the service even if we loose our phone, and it’s easy enough to transfer it to a new handset. If you want to read about how Nokia Money works, here an good article from Nokia Conversations. I’m excited and am waiting to see this service rolled out here in Bangalore.

Developer Community

This year the Nokia World event saw the Nokia Developer Summit as well, which was a good idea. I as a web developer (in my day job)  could also look at the development aspects of Nokia’s various platforms while at the event.

It was quite evident from this event that Nokia takes their developer community quite seriously. In fact, they are cutting down the cost to market for developers to get their apps to the consumers. They announced that even the Java application Signing process is now free. Symbian app signing was free for some time now.

Other takeaways for developers at the event were:

  • In-app purchases enabled for apps on Ovi Publish
  • Release of the new QT SDK with support for S40 Touch and Type Phones
  • Improved revenue sharing for developers
  • Improved in-app analytics for developers through Nokia’s acquisition of Motally

Apart from these announcements, Nokia had a Hackathon contest where developers had to hack out apps based on some of the best ideas submited by Nokia users, in just 36 hours and present their apps and the business plans for the apps to the judges. Video of that just at the end of this article. The Nokia World 2010 and the developer summit came to a close with a surprise appearance of the new CEO Stephen Elop who summarized their support for developers on their eco-system with the rally  Developers, Developers, Developers!.

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Nokia C3 Profile

The Nokia C3 is a neat new qwerty Series 40 phone, aimed at the messaging masses.

The C3 is the perfect budget phone for Email, Chat and Social Networking on the go while on a budget!

Here are some of the specs of the phone.

Display and user interface
  • Size: 2.4″
  • Resolution: 320 x 240 pixels (TFT)
  • 262,000 colours
  • Landscape QVGA
Power Management

  • BL-5J 1320 mAh Li-Ion battery
  • Talk time (maximum):
    • up to 7 hours
  • Standby time (maximum):
    • up to 800 hours
  • Music playback time (offline mode, maximum): 30 hours
Data network

  • GPRS class A, multislot class 32, maximum speed 85.6/64.2 kbps (DL/UL)
  • EGPRS class A, multislot class 32, maximum speed 296/177,6 kbps (DL/UL)
  • WLAN IEEE 802.11b/g, maximum speed up to 11 Mbps/54 Mbps
  • TCP/IP support
  • Capability to serve as data modem
Memory
  • MicroSD memory card slot, hot swappable, up to 8 GB
  • Internal memory: 55 MB
Operating frequency
  • Quad band EGSM 850/900/1800/1900
  • Automatic switching between GSM bands
  • Flight mode
Connectivity
  • 2.0 mm Charger Connector
  • Bluetooth version 2.1 with Enhanced Data Rate
  • Support for local synchronisation
  • High-Speed USB 2.0 (micro USB connector)
  • 3.5 mm AV connector
Software platform & user interface
  • Series 40
  • FOTA (firmware update over the air)
  • Software updates through Nokia Software Updater installed on PC
Email and messaging
  • Easy access to your email accounts, including Yahoo!® Mail, Gmail™, Windows Live™, Hotmail™ and other popular POP/IMAP services
  • Easy Ovi Mail free email account creation directly from phone
  • Instant messaging through Windows Live Messenger™, Yahoo!® Messenger, Google Talk™ and Ovi Chat
  • Conversational SMS for chat-style text messages
  • SMS, MMS
  • Nokia Xpress audio messaging
Camera
  • 2 megapixel camera (1600 x 1200 pixels)
  • Still image formats: JPEG
  • Zoom up to 4x (digital)
  • Fullscreen viewfinder
  • Self timer
  • Effects in viewfinder: greyscale, sepia and negative
Video camera
  • 2 megapixel
  • Video clip length: up to capacity of memory card
  • Settings for scene, video light, white balance, colour tone
  • Zoom up to 4 x digital
  • Video capture in MPEG-4, QCIF max. resolution 320 x 240
  • Video file format: H.263, H.264, AVI, MPEG-4 (stored as .mpg or .3gp files), WMV
Standard Sales Package
  • Nokia C3
  • Nokia Battery BL-5J
  • Nokia Compact Charger AC-3
  • Nokia Stereo Headset WH-102
  • User guide
You can learn more about the C3 over at the Nokia Site.
Thanks to this little tweet by the Nokia Messaging team, we know that the C3 is currently available in India! Visit the launch page over here. The phone should be available for around INR 5000 (not official ofcourse)
If you do walk into the stores to check it out, do let us know about the phone and the retail price by commenting below, or catch us on twitter, we’re @myportableworld.

Nokia discontinuing Ovi Files from October

I just got a notice today, which mentioned that Ovi Files will be discontinued come 1st October, 2010. The mail mentions that the Ovi Files connector has to be uninstalled, but goes on to say that your files are all safe. My question is, what happened? The service was mostly free, so I don’t see why it’s being shut down.

Anyways, here’s the mail:

“Dear Ovi Files user,

Nokia is discontinuing the Ovi Files service, effective October 1, 2010.
We apologize for the inconvenience.

Please make sure to uninstall the Ovi Files Connector installed on your personal computer. To do this, execute the standard Windows or Macintosh uninstall procedure that came with your computer. You will not lose any files as a result of this service discontinuation. Ovi Files simply creates an ‘online mirror’ of the files saved on your Windows PC or Mac, so your original files will remain intact. The files on your computer are always treated as the master version, even if some are selected as ‘Anytime Files.’

You will still be able to share content between your phone and PC using another Nokia product, Nokia Ovi Suite. With Nokia Ovi Suite installed on your PC, you can do the following: sync your contacts and messages; transfer videos, photos, and music; back up your Nokia and update your device software. Please note that this is not a direct substitute for Ovi Files as Nokia Ovi Suite requires a wired connection between your PC and mobile device. For more information visit www.ovi.com/suite.

Again, we are sorry for the inconvenience and hope that you will continue to enjoy our most popular services.”

So again, no idea why. If you have some idea, let us know by commenting below. Or catch us on twitter, we’re @myportableworld. And do visit our Facebook Page.

Sports Tracker get a new Site and App

For those of you who were fans of the Nokia Sports Tracker Beta app, which was discontinued in June, here’s some good news. Sports Tracker now has it’s own site over at www.sports-tracker.com and a new app on Ovi Store. Sign up for the new service before August 30th and you get to import all your older data from your old Nokia Sports Tracker account over to this one.

If you haven’t tried out Sports Tracker earlier, here’s what the app and service is all about. The Sports Tracker app turns your phone into a GPS sports computer which keeps track of the routes, distances, speed and even calories burnt during your workouts by running, cycling or walking. You can upload all this data about your workouts online and access them at anytime using the Sports Tracker website. You can also share your workouts on Facebook as well.

That’s not all, the OVI blog’s got a contest running for users of Sports Tracker, where you get a chance to win a Ovi skateboard deck and some more goodies. All you need to do is make a funny or interesting shape with your workout, share it publicly in the service and send the Ovi folks a the link to the workout. You can read more about this contest at the Ovi blog’s post.

Ovi Browser Beta for s40

Nokia Betalabs has released a new beta app, Ovi Browser, for Nokia Series 40 phones.

Though it’s currently a “beta application”, it’s said to be stable, and also brings some good stuff over to s40 phones.  Like Opera Mini, there’s server side compression of data, which Nokia says will reduce data consumption by 90%. It also means that the browser page load times will be really fast!

From Betalabs:

“Ovi Browser brings rich web browsing to Series 40 devices that’s fast, easy, and saves on data charges. The browser is powered by patented cloud-based Internet compression technology that delivers advanced web pages to your phone. As a result, pages show up quicker than ever and over the air data usage is reduced up to 90%. Beyond performance, the browser includes an innovative user interface that makes it easy to access your favorite content directly from the start page without having to hunt through menus.

We’re in the process of building up our global infrastructure to provide the best possible speed, performance, and reliability for millions of users.  The team is working hard on the next beta version that includes new features and incorporates updates based on your feedback. Also, there will be more localized versions coming that are better customized for where you live. Check back often to see what’s new and follow @ovibynokia on Twitter for the latest Ovi news.”

So head over to  browser.ovi.com from your mobile phone to download.

Key Features

  • Fast page load times
  • Over the air data usage reduced up to 90%
  • Three view modes – Full Page View, Zoomed-in View, Column View
  • Integrated search on start page with selectable list of search engines
  • Favourites
  • Browsing and Search history
  • URL and Form auto completion
  • Snap to text during scrolling
  • Speed scrolling using numeric keypad
  • Automatically jumps to the main content on a page to reduce scrolling
  • One click jump to login and search in Column View
  • Page segmentation in Column View to simplify navigation

Currently, this application supports the following phones:

2700 Classic,  2730 Classic,  3120 Classic,  3600 Slide,  5130 XpressMusic,  5220 Xpressmusic, 5310 XpressMusic, 5330 Mobile TV Edition, 5330 Xpressmusic, 5610,6300i, 6303, 6500 Slide, 6500 Classic,6600 Slide,6700 Classic, 7210 Supernova, 7900 Prism, X3

Here’s a video of Ovi Browser:

It still looks a lot like Opera Mini. What do you guys think? Check it out, and let us know by commenting below. Or you can catch us on twitter, we’re @myportableworld. Also, do visit our Facebook Page.