Mobile Big Wigs to roll out their own desi application stores
Leading Mobile Phone manufacturers like Nokia, Apple and Research in Motion (RIM) are in the process of rolling out localised versions of their application stores in India. These application stores will have a collection of applications which are customized for the Indian market.
Nokia, which recently started its Ovi Store, has plans to roll out the localised version by December this year. Though in the initial stages, Ovi Store will be available only in smartphones loaded with the Symbian S60 operating system, but Nokia has promised that it will be enabling the app store for all its phones by early next year.
Apple, which has the most popular App store among the lot, are also planning to pep up their Indian App store with India-specific applications. An Apple spokesperson said “Developers choose which countries their apps will be available. They also set the price for their apps. Customers have downloaded more than one billion applications from the App Store, the largest applications store in the world”
RIM, the people behind BlackBerry smartphones, is also gearing up to roll out its app store in India called the “BlackBerry App World” which is currently available only for the people of North America and Europe.