Nokia opens doors to Download Store
Can't buy anything there though
After 9 months of beta testing, and numerous software versions, Nokia has decided that what punters really want is a website where they can browse and buy software, though the latter part isn't possible as yet.
The PC Download Store was supposed to be the desktop equivalent of the "Download" application pre-installed on every S60 phone from Nokia. Download supposedly offers content from providers such as Amazon and Jamster, though the former only features an application that loads their mobile home page, while the latter flaunts a range of items, though they're all just the first step onto their subscription service.
In that context the Nokia Download Store is a comparable service. Originally envisaged as a PC application for downloading and managing applications and tightly integrated with Nokia's PC Suite synchronisation software, PC Download Store is now an online software emporium.
Or so it would appear, except that all the software on offer is marked as "Try For Free", with no pricing information on the site at all. Even that would be tolerable if the software offered really was available for trial, but try to download an application and as soon as it's installed you'll be asked to send a premium-rate text to pay for it.
So we now have N-Gage for games, Ovi for music and maps, for applications and maps PC Download and MOSH for community stuff: who says Nokia's on-line strategy is hopelessly confused? ®
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Wasn't Jamster the company that inflicted the bloody Crazy Frog on us?
Shouldn't they be out of business by now and why is Nokia doing business with them?
Jason - actually the problem is more related to the Symbian OS and small memory footprint applications - how they should handle "low memory or no memory available exceptions".
There's a good (if rather dry) podcast over at http://se-radio.net - look for the Small Memory Management podcast - if you *really* want to understand the problem.
A background in software engineering will help (as it would have helped Paris when she knocked up some of these apps).
Thanks for the advice, I plan to do that when I get the chance.
The only problem is doing something to my phone which might brick it.
I have read on some forums that people have had their N95s bricked when/if they fail and they are sent back to an engineer to fix.
It's also a pain in the arse *having* to do something like that.
I know it's more the fault of the networks for not letting us upgrade to the latest firmware, but still... the 'testers' at Nokia must have been asleep the day they were trying out N95s, and deserve to be fired.
Who am I kidding, they didn't test them for a day... more like 5 minutes.