Rumours are abound that Nokia will be soon joining the league of the device makers which have their own online mobile applications store, according to market sources.
Reports suggest that the Finnish mobile handset giant Nokia is all set to unleash its own mobile applications store at the forthcoming Mobile World Congress, as Eldar Murtazin, editor Mobile-review.com wrote in his blog, “Nokia is planning to announce its own App Store-alike at this year’s MWC which is now just over a week away”.
Apple kicked off the trend of exclusive online App Store to offer applications for its iPhone and iPod Touch devices, and it was later followed by Google to offer mobile applications for the handsets powered by its Android platform.
As Nokia is the world’s largest mobile handset maker, an exclusive applications store for its wide range of handsets makes a lot of sense, as this store could well be used for a large number of Symbian powered mobile handsets.
Nokia owns the Symbian platform, which powers a huge proportion of the handset from various companies, and is collaborating with several prominent players of the industry to launch the open source iteration of the platform.
Nokia hasn’t made any official announcements on any such mobile application store yet.
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Nokia is lagging behind both Google and Apple when it comes to kitting out smartphones with an adequate application layer. OVI doesn't even come close to Apple's intuitive and addictive Apps store and this is worrying especially as there are (unfounded) rumours that Apple could be preparing to launch a family of iPhone smartphones, rather than a single, all-encompassing model.