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February 12, 2010

Ovi Store downloads picking up serious pace

ovi-maps-racing-1GLOBALOvi Store‘s servers are cranking out increasing number’s of downloads, with this week seeing not one, not two but three pace-setting figures released. VoIP and social network app Nimbuzz has burst through 1million downloads, Polarbit’s games, including Raging Thunder, have been downloaded over 1million times in two weeks and Ovi Maps Racing has seen hundreds of thousands of downloads in the 10 days since it launched, underlining the game’s popularity.

Ovi Store’s virtual shelves are continually filling up with great quality apps and games and these figures highlight how popular they are with the users too. With an increasing choice of apps, and a rapidly growing user base, the race is on for developers of apps and games to get their offerings onto Ovi Store. And, with these kinds of numbers floating around it’s easy to see why.

Evert-Jaap Lugt, founder & CEO of Nimbuzz commented:

“We are delighted with the success we have seen from Ovi Store by Nokia, which helps us reach 40% of the global handset market in more than 180 countries. It is a great reward for the efforts we have made to offer our mass market application on both Nokia smart phones and feature phones, Making Nimbuzz available to the global Ovi Store audience has paid off tremendously.”

Says Anders Nilsson, founder and CTO of Polarbit said:

“We take great pride in being early adopters, as well as in our ability to deliver a consistent, high quality gaming experience across all platforms. We are greatly aided in this ambition by our Fuse middleware platform which has allowed us to utilize the full potential of the Nokia Game API plug-in to quickly bring Raging Thunder, Armageddon Squadron, WaveBlazer, Iron Sight and ToonWarz to the Ovi Store.”

Ovi Store has evolved rapidly since its launch last year. And, as these two developers have shown, getting content onto the Ovi Store is getting easier too. With the size of the user base, and the global reach, it’s a smart move for anyone looking to tap into a global mobile audience.

Now, what have you been downloading from the Ovi Store? Let us know in the comments below as we’ll be doing a follow up next week to spotlight your top downloads. Don’t forget to check out too for a daily pick of Ovi Store’s finest.