While WP7 Marketplace tries to assert itself in the competitive world of app stores, some interesting regional trends have emerged from research by app analysis firm Distimo.
The US is proving to be the biggest market for app downloads from Windows Marketplace, with 101,000 free downloads and 20,000 paid downloads made each day for the top 300 most-downloaded apps in October. Germany is second with the UK, France and Italy following, but with significantly lower volumes than the US, according to the latest report from app analytics firm Distimo. Japan is seventh with nearly 6,000 top 300 apps downloaded per day.
Nokia announced its “Ovi Store operator app store concept” in partnership with Orange France and Deutsche Telekom, which it said provides operators with “a familiar branded channel on Ovi Store, and global opportunities to differentiate and build revenues with their own content collections and consumer-convenient operator billing.”
Nokia is planning to open a “Nokia-branded global application store that leverages the Windows Marketplace infrastructure.” The intention is to enable developers to “publish and distribute applications through a single developer portal to hundreds of millions of consumers that use Windows Phone, Symbian and Series 40 devices.”