Rumour: Nokia to have their own Windows Phone app store

Windows Phone has seen some exciting news over the past few months. We've heard that Nokia had partnered with Microsoft and later that a large update was coming to the OS, introducing a lot of key features that many consumers were hoping for.

Since the deal was made, the details of the Nokia partnership have been rather silent, however Nokia CEO, Stephen Elop has now given an insight into some of the things we can expect, in an official interview by Nokia. He revealed that locally relevant applications were very important at Nokia and that there will always be “those global applications that everyone likes to use all over the world”. However the most intriguing point that he made was when he mentioned that Nokia would combine all of their supported platforms, S40, Symbian and Windows Phone which would lead to an online application store that is essentially a mega-database of applications from three operating systems.

In addition to this news, Microsoft’s Brandon Watson announced at a presentation in Helsinki that Nokia will bring a customized application store to their devices. “It will look slightly different on the phone from the one that’s for all the other vendors, and they will have more control over the merchandising,”  “Nokia’s invested tons of money around building apps, so one of my main jobs right now is ensuring that we don’t lose a single developer to Android or iOS,” Watson said.

Expansion into the largely populated countries including China, India and Russia is now on Nokia’s checklist according to Watson as he later followed by saying “Nokia expands distribution quite a bit, including China, India, Russia — it’s very important to have a marketplace in those countries where developers can sell local apps. China is going to be very, very big.”

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Listen up, non-Windows Phone users

1. OEMs and Carriers have their own sections in the Marketplace. For example, AT&T's is "AT&T AppCenter" and Samsung's is "Samsung Zone". Apps in these sections are exclusive.

2. All the pre-loaded OEMs/carriers software can easily be uninstall WITHOUT any modifications.

day2die said,
Listen up, non-Windows Phone users

1. OEMs and Carriers have their own sections in the Marketplace. For example, AT&T's is "AT&T AppCenter" and Samsung's is "Samsung Zone". Apps in these sections are exclusive.
2. All the pre-loaded OEMs/carriers software can easily be uninstall WITHOUT any modifications.


As a none Windows phone user :
1. Carriers have no sections or any say in AppStore
2. Carriers don't pre-load spamware/bloatware.. software that needed to be uninstalled.
3. Carriers are not allowed to put their logo on the device or on the boot screen.

alexalex said,


As a none Windows phone user :
1. Carriers have no sections or any say in AppStore
2. Carriers don't pre-load spamware/bloatware.. software that needed to be uninstalled.
3. Carriers are not allowed to put their logo on the device or on the boot screen.

And your iphone is costing 2x ~ 3x as much... Gooo Apple..lol

alexalex said,


As a none Windows phone user :
1. Carriers have no sections or any say in AppStore
2. Carriers don't pre-load spamware/bloatware.. software that needed to be uninstalled.
3. Carriers are not allowed to put their logo on the device or on the boot screen.

You're a very special boy, that's why.

alexalex said,


As a none Windows phone user :
1. Carriers have no sections or any say in AppStore
2. Carriers don't pre-load spamware/bloatware.. software that needed to be uninstalled.
3. Carriers are not allowed to put their logo on the device or on the boot screen.

With the extra money iPhone costs I can change my WP7 Phone's case with an original one, uninstall un-needed 'bloatware' (as u call them), and buy tons of premium apps.

In my opinion this is what I hate about WP and Android there are various marketplaces for apps. Some are limited to the manufacture why not have a single market place for each OS? one specifically just for android and another for WP.

thnok said,
In my opinion this is what I hate about WP and Android there are various marketplaces for apps. Some are limited to the manufacture why not have a single market place for each OS? one specifically just for android and another for WP.

I am sure HTC won't mind LG and Samsung users downloading all of its exclusive apps /s

Also, they aren't separate marketplace, just separate section.

Rudy said,
WP7 already has a fragmented market (not a good thing mind you)

How? Every OEMs and carriers have always have their own sections in the marketplace.

Rudy said,
WP7 already has a fragmented market (not a good thing mind you)

What is alreafy fragmented? Do you actually have a WP7? It just has one marketplace and one OEM app that deeplinks to their own apps inside the normal marketplace. People don't want tons of apps pre-installed like on the PC so they don't. They just add one app that allows you to download OEM apps in case you want to.

And marketplace fragmented, no it's just nice categorized into sections like games, apps, msuic etc. Sure the search engines could see some improvments, but everything makes sense so far.

Will this be like AT&T's pollution of the Android market (AT&T proprietary apps mixed in)? If so, then I at least hope they don't hijack the system and allow users to fully remove them as needed.

Educated Idiot said,
Will this be like AT&T's pollution of the Android market (AT&T proprietary apps mixed in)? If so, then I at least hope they don't hijack the system and allow users to fully remove them as needed.

Nope. AT&T already has its own section in the Marketplace call "AT&T AppCenter" and it's filled with bloatware.

Also, all of AT&T's apps can be removed. It's mandated that pre-loaded software (not part of the OS) be removable.

Edited by illegaloperation, May 31 2011, 5:39am :

Not a big deal, don't understand why some people above are trying to say that Microsoft is killing WP7...if you're not a fan of WP7 why even bother coming to read this post..it's like your waiting for a post about WP7 to bitch about!

Xxgreatestever said,
Not a big deal, don't understand why some people above are trying to say that Microsoft is killing WP7...if you're not a fan of WP7 why even bother coming to read this post..it's like your waiting for a post about WP7 to bitch about!

It's called being jealous.

Xxgreatestever said,
Not a big deal, don't understand why some people above are trying to say that Microsoft is killing WP7...if you're not a fan of WP7 why even bother coming to read this post..it's like your waiting for a post about WP7 to bitch about!

I was looking forward for the WP7 and I'm getting a HTC HD7 but having personal market apps for different phone makers and for different carriers will only do more harm then good. There is a reason why Apple does a good job with their own App Store. There is only a central App Store and that's it. You don't need 10 App Stores when one will do the job just fine. I'm not going to buy an ATT app for Nav if I'm on Tmobile it would defend the point of downloading it in the first place and pay $4.99 a month for that service. In fact ATT would make more money if any phone could get it and not just for ATT phone customers only.

.Neo said,
If a guy bitches and moans about nothing he's simply returning the favor to his girlfriend.
Good one!

lordcanti86 said,
Uhhh...don't OEMs already have their own section in Marketplace? You know...like HTC has on my HD7?

Yes, every OEMs and carriers have their own section.

What? A different Marketplace? Why dont they just do the same and have an extra category in the existing Marketplace, like the Samsung Zone?

Koki.v3 said,
What? A different Marketplace? Why dont they just do the same and have an extra category in the existing Marketplace, like the Samsung Zone?

That's probably what Nokia intend to do.

Awesome, App store fragmentation! Yeah take that Apple, Microsoft is coming to get you!

*In case you can't tell, i'm being sarcastic* *well duh...*

crashguy said,
Awesome, App store fragmentation! Yeah take that Apple, Microsoft is coming to get you!

*In case you can't tell, i'm being sarcastic* *well duh...*


Oh yeah...because that's just killing Android isn't it?

crashguy said,
Awesome, App store fragmentation! Yeah take that Apple, Microsoft is coming to get you!

*In case you can't tell, i'm being sarcastic* *well duh...*

i can also tell you are someone who dont know what is talking about n_n.

crashguy said,
Awesome, App store fragmentation! Yeah take that Apple, Microsoft is coming to get you!

*In case you can't tell, i'm being sarcastic* *well duh...*


Samsung, HTC, LG, and all the carriers already have their own section of the marketplace. How is this "fragmentation" ?

crashguy said,
Awesome, App store fragmentation! Yeah take that Apple, Microsoft is coming to get you!

*In case you can't tell, i'm being sarcastic* *well duh...*

A section is one thing, seperate marketplace is another. People can barely use their phones let alone try to explain that you need to buy applications from different stores. People use google to find facebook.

ACTIONpack said,
A personal App store just for Nokia phone. How dumb can Microsoft be by now killing the WP7 OS now.

Starting up Marketplace on my Focus, I see AT&T AppCenter and Samsung Zone. Thank-you for telling me how horrible of an experience it has caused. I now hate my WP7, and will be switching back to my iPhone because you have shown to me without a shadow of doubt that Microsoft is killing the OS.

ACTIONpack said,
A personal App store just for Nokia phone. How dumb can Microsoft be by now killing the WP7 OS now.

LOL .. LG and Telus has their own as well..

ACTIONpack said,
A personal App store just for Nokia phone. How dumb can Microsoft be by now killing the WP7 OS now.

Each brand has their own app store, I just hope NokiaMaps to be available everywhere or I will have to switch to a Nokia device as soon as possible

nohone said,

Starting up Marketplace on my Focus, I see AT&T AppCenter and Samsung Zone. Thank-you for telling me how horrible of an experience it has caused. I now hate my WP7, and will be switching back to my iPhone because you have shown to me without a shadow of doubt that Microsoft is killing the OS.

i always hate my wp7 HD7 piece of sh*t