Nokia Responds to Ovi Store Criticism, Updated Version is in the Planning

December 11, 2009, By Radimir Bobev

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Nokia launched its Ovi Store platform about a year ago, and it hasn’t been doing quite as well as they had predicted. Nokia’s George Linardos, head of products at Nokia’s media group, admitted that Nokia’s store has been outdone by Apple’s distribution services. According to him, user complaints have been the main factor which decides the development of the next version – there’s even several screens around the offices with the sole purpose of providing live Twitter feeds of user complaints.

Mr. Linardos stated that they plan to rival Apple aggressively with their new Ovi Store. Some of the announced new features are “in-application payments, a redesigned user interface that makes apps easier to discover and faster operation.” Also, the system will make product recommendations to users, according to their friends’ purchases. It’s good to see that someone’s finally attempting to create a good alternative to Apple’s App Store, and we’ll be monitoring Nokia’s progress closely – the newly revamped system should see the light sometime during the next year, so it’s not really far away.

[ Via Engadget ]

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