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Nokia Too Readying its App Store?

The huge market share gives Nokia the biggest consumer base for its applications store now that it owns Symbian

Nokia Too Readying its App Store?

Days after the announcement that Samsung is hopping on to the App Store bandwagon, here’s some more news and a rather big one at that.

Numero-uno phone maker Nokia too seems to be keen to join the likes of Apple, Android, RIM and Samsung with their own applications store. The report comes from Eldar Murtazin of Mobile-Review, who is not just any other blogger, but a person known to have insider contacts and contacts within the mobile phone industry. According to Eldar, the company might announce the new app store at the now imminent Mobile World Congress at Barcelona, Spain.

UnwiredView has translated what Eldar has mentioned in Russian. He seems to have had a first look at the portal that Nokia seems to have readied. This is what Eldar had to say. “At first glance, for now, the app portal looks so so, there is some confusion. But they are trying, polishing it and a lot has changed for the better in a matter of days. A right step in a right direction? And the distribution and revenue sharing model between app makers and Nokia looks very attractive.

Now, Nokia entering the Apps Store bandwagon is quite significant owing to the fact that Symbian smartphones outnumber all other smartphone platforms with a dominating 46 percent market share. Apple’s iPhone is quite a distance away with 17 percent of the market share (although it has been growing at a phenomenal rate!). The huge market share gives Nokia the biggest consumer base for its applications store now that Nokia owns Symbian.

While this would be the first official jump by Nokia to create an applications eco-system, the company already has it’s MOSH and Download services which does a crude job of being an app store. It remains unclear as to how these initiatives end up once the app store is up and running.

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