Palm Pre is finally available although only on one carrier in one country so it will not make that much of a difference. Still, it is great to see another brand new mobile operating system (Palm webOS) out there - this is putting additional pressure on Nokia and Microsoft to replace their aging operating systems Symbian and Windows Mobile.
Nokia opened their app store "Ovi Store" today. So far, every single piece of news I have seen about the Ovi Store has mentioned Apple - often even in the caption. There is absolutely no question who the leader is and who the challenger is.
The store is very slow now but that is to be expected with a launch like this.
Mobile Entertainment just published an interview about Ovi Store with Niklas Savander who is head of Nokia Services. Ovi Store is Nokia's application store that will open this month (May 2009).
First of, Savander tells us that there are going to be 20.000 content items available at launch day. Wow, did he just say they are going to have 20.000 applications available for Nokia phones on launch day? No, he did not, he said content items, you know, like RSS feeds, ring tones, background pictures, icons...
First of all, you never know in advance if a hotel is going to have an internet connection or not. On their web pages they will tell you that there are *color* televisions in the room, that hairdriers are available and so on - but nothing about internet.
And if you call and ask, they will either not understand the question or simply reply "yes". But a "yes" might just as well mean that they have a "dataport" at the back of the telephone in the room so you can connect your laptop using its built in modem...
Apple's success with the App Store has pushed Nokia to create something similar for their Symbian based smartphones. Nokia has had limited success in the US and their phones are not always even considered to be smartphones but regardless of what you call them, you can install third party applications on them - it's just really, really difficult. Globally, there are probably a hundred million Symbian Series 40 and 60 devices in use and if Nokia can create a simple way for these users to find and install applications, it would be huge.