While the majority of press debate may be about the longevity of Android Apps over iPhone Apps, Nokia have revealed they are still in game with a peak of 3 million Ovi Store downloads in a single day last month.
The increased interest is being attributed to the recent Symbian update, catalogue expansion and increase in the number of developers moving into the arena. Having been operating at 2 million downloads per day in September the further increase is very significant.
Nokia are suggesting a key reason for the surge is the success of it’s Qt dev toolkit. This month, they announced unified application development around the Qt framework to simplify creating apps for Symbian-based devices and products that will be powered by the new MeeGo operating system. The Qt SDK has now been downloaded 1.5 million times
The Nokia N8 was the first phone to ship with the new Symbian and with new handsets following, an increase in the available number of apps and games and a growing number of developers, the Ovi customer base is reported to be growing by more than a quarter of a million per day.
Can Ovi store ever expect to rival iTunes and / or Android Market?