“The world’s top cell phone maker Nokia unveiled on Monday its new online software and media store, hoping to follow the runaway success of Apple’s App Store,” Tarmo Virki reports for Reuters.

“The focus of the cell phone market has been shifting to software development since… Apple entered the mobile market in the past two years,” Virki reports. “Nokia unveiled the store at a developer conference on the sidelines of Mobile World Congress trade fair in Barcelona.”

“Nokia said it would open the online ‘Ovi’ store in nine countries in May. It said 70 percent of revenues from the store would go to software developers, and its first model to ship with access to the store would be its new flagship phone N97,” Virki reports.

“Microsoft Corp is also planning an “online bazaar” for applications running on its Windows Mobile operating system, according to the Wall Street Journal. Blackberry-maker Research in Motion said last year it plans to launch its app store early this year,” Virki reports.

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