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Microsoft: Nokia Will Have Customized Windows Phone Application Store

In an interview, Nokia CEO, Stephen Elop has revealed that locally relevant applications were very important at Nokia and that there’ll 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.

Also, note that Microsoft’s Brandon Watson at a presentation in Helsinki announced that Nokia will bring a customized application store to their devices.

It’ll look slightly different on the phone from the one that’s for all the other vendors, and they’ll 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.

Watson further stated that “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.”

[Source: Nokia]

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