Nokia has unveiled its plans to open its Ovi Store, a on-device software and services marketplace in the same vein as the iTunes App Store. This will offer applications, games, videos, widgets, podcasts, and location-based applications.
The Ovi Store will be compatible with Symbian S60 and S40 devices. The first new device with it pre-installed will be is the previously-announced Nokia N97 when it is released in June. However, in May, Nokia will enable the Ovi Store to be seen by currently existing Symbian S60 and S40 devices.
“By leveraging our strengths as a company and the assets of our partners, the Ovi Store is a ‘smart store’ that will change the way our consumers discover and consume content on their mobile devices, ultimately making the experience easier, more fun and most importantly, more relevant,” said Tero Ojanperä, Executive Vice President, Nokia Services.
To learn more, visit the online version of the Ovi Store now.
The Ovi Store is meant to be developer friendly as well. Taking another page from Apple’s initiative, the Nokia’s offering will offer developers 70% of gross sales, including net of refunds and returns. This does not include any applicable taxes and/or fixed operator billing costs.
For more information, or to begin publishing applications, visit the Ovi Store developer’s website.