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Today Smartphone are more than just a superior piece of hardware, the UI and applications make the biggest difference. And Apple’s has managed to change the way the industry and consumers perceive a smart phone with the iPhone alone. Right from the multi-touch UI to the App store which is a cut above the rest. A lot has been said and written about how the iTunes App Store leads the applications industry and how Nokia has failed to produce anything significant to compete with the same. And its certainly true that the iTunes app store leads with a billion app downloads, 65000+ apps live and 8500 apps coming in to Apple every week for review.
For Apple and its developers the task is fairly simple (not implying that its no hard work), as all their iTouch devices have the same screen size, structure and Operating System. Thus there is no great compatibility issues when developing apps for the iPhone or the iPod touch. On the other hand Nokia has 75 models for which it is trying to implement the Ovi Store. This is a challenging job as Nokia has different software profiles (Symbian 40, 60, 60 2nd edition etc) and different screen sizes, resolution, hardware layout etc. Thus getting an app live on the Ovi Store requires much more effort.
The different is in the vision. Nokia is developing mobile phones since over a decade, while Apple has just entered the marked along with the smart phone boom, their approach was better planned and revolutionizing. This makes the task of getting a app store competitor for Nokia a big uphill fight. While I would agree that the App Store leads and its certainly fabulous, I would give Nokia the benefit that they have a much wider audience to satisfy.
Hope they improve, innovate and bring us something good. At the end its the consumers (that’s you and me) who benefits from all this competition.