Published by Tzer2 at 11:37 UTC, April 26th 2009
Watch this video to find out how to use Ovi Store
Ovi is the Finnish word for "Door" or "Gateway", and it is the brand used by Nokia for their online services, based around the ovi.com website. As well as Ovi Store, there are also many other services such as Ovi Share, Ovi Maps, Ovi Mail and more.
The idea of ovi.com is to allow people to access all these services using a single Ovi username. N-Gage is still using separate usernames, but it is expected to merge into the Ovi system at some point in the near future.
It's the online content shop for Nokia's mobile phones and smartphones. It sells applications, games, ringtones and more, all as direct downloads straight onto the phone through Wi-Fi/WLAN or the phone network.
There are three different ways of accessing Ovi Store:
- On your phone's Ovi Store application, indicated by a blue icon that looks like a shopping bag (see the image below). Some phones come with the Ovi Store application built into them, but some phones may require you to install the application yourself. You may be able to do this through the Download! icon, or you may be able to get the Ovi Store app by visiting the Ovi Store website on your phone's web browser (see the address below).
- Through your phone's web browser, by going to store.ovi.mobi
- Through your computer's web browser, by going to store.ovi.com
This is what the Ovi Store application's icon looks like
No. This rumour was down to a misunderstanding by some parts of the media, where two totally separate Nokia services with very similar names were mixed up.
To set the record straight:
-Nothing has been cancelled
-Nokia's photo-sharing service Ovi Share has had development work on a new interface suspended, but the Ovi Share service will continue as before
-Ovi Store and the rest of Ovi are totally unaffected by what is happening to Ovi Share
Most games cost about 1 to 5 euros each. Some games are cheaper, some are more expensive.
However the prices of games are set by the publishers, so technically the games can cost anything.
Yes, there are some freeware games.
You can pay by credit card, debit card, or phone bill. Some phone network operators may not offer the phone bill payment option though.
You can see a complete list of Ovi Store games in our Ovi Store Games section. Not all games are available on all phone models, visit the Ovi Store website to find out which games are available for your phone.
If you're searching Ovi Store from your PC, make sure you've selected your phone from the front page, as some games will only appear when you've selected a particular phone.
If you're still having problems, it may be because Ovi Store's official search engine is a bit, erm, quirky. We've set up an unofficial Ovi Store search engine to provide an alternative to the official one.
If the game you bought is full screen-compatible but doesn't automatically use the full screen, click here for a guide to switching on the full screen mode manually.
Over 99% of the content on Ovi Store has absolutely nothing to do with Nokia. You can tell who is responsible for an item on Ovi Store by looking for the name of its publisher (for example the publisher of Tetris is Electronic Arts). If you don't like a particular item, you need to give your feedback to the publisher, not to Nokia. It's the publisher that controls an item, and only the publisher can take action to fix any problems with their items.
Ovi Store is for all of Nokia's supported devices and platforms: phones, smartphones and whatever else they come up with in the future.
Ovi Store has software for many different platforms including Java J2ME, Symbian S60 and Flash Lite. It's likely that Nokia will also start offering Linux Maemo software on Ovi Store too as they bring new Linux Maemo-based devices to the market.
Ovi Store should be compatible with most Nokia devices including their Series 40 phones and Symbian S60 smartphones. As we said before, note that not all Ovi Store games are available on all phones! Ovi Store will automatically hide games which are not available for a particular phone, so different phone models may show different selections of games available in Ovi Store.
The more recent Nokia smartphones will generally have more games available than other models, as smartphones are compatible with lots of software platforms (Java, Flash and Symbian).
You can check which games are available on particular models by going to the Ovi Store site on your computer and selecting a particular phone.
The official compatibility list on the Ovi Store site currently includes the following phones. We've done some videos showing how to install Ovi Store, they're linked next to the relevant model. If you can't see a link next to your phone model, try watching a video for another phone as the installation methods used are very similar. If you already have an Ovi Store icon on your phone's menu system, you don't need to install anything, you can just click on the icon to launch Ovi Store.
Ovi Store official compatibility list, all of these phones work with Ovi Store:
Nokia E71 - How to install Ovi Store on the Nokia E71
Nokia N78 - How to install Ovi Store on the Nokia N78
Nokia N80 Internet Edition
Nokia N81 8GB
Nokia N85 - How to install Ovi Store on the Nokia N85
Nokia N86 8MP
Nokia N95 - How to install Ovi Store on the Nokia N95
Nokia N95 8GB
Nokia 3120 Classic
Nokia 3600 Slide
Nokia 3610 Fold
Nokia 3710 Fold
Nokia 5130 XpressMusic
Nokia 5220 XpressMusic
Nokia 5300 XpressMusic
Nokia 5310 XpressMusic
Nokia 5320 XpressMusic - How to install Ovi Store on the Nokia 5320 XpressMusic
Nokia 5330 XpressMusic
Nokia 5530 XpressMusic
Nokia 5610 XpressMusic
Nokia 5700 XpressMusic
Nokia 5730 XpressMusic
Nokia 5800 XpressMusic - How to install Ovi Store on the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic
Nokia 6110 Navigator
Nokia 6120 Classic
Nokia 6121 Classic
Nokia 6124 Classic
Nokia 6210 Navigator
Nokia 6212 Classic
Nokia 6220 Classic - How to install Ovi Store on the Nokia 6220 Classic
Nokia 6260 Slide
Nokia 6300 - How to install Ovi Store on the Nokia 6300
Nokia 6500 Classic
Nokia 6500 Slide
Nokia 6600 Fold
Nokia 6600 Slide
Nokia 6710 Navigator
Nokia 6720 Classic
Nokia 6760 Slide
Nokia 7100 Supernova
Nokia 7210 Supernova
Nokia 7310 Supernova
Nokia 7500 Prism
Nokia 7510 Supernova
Nokia 7610 Supernova
Nokia 7900 Prism
Nokia 8800 Arte
Possibly, but not right now. According to unconfirmed rumours, Ovi Store may be added to Nokia's upcoming new Maemo Linux device(s) at the end of 2009.
In countries where Ovi Store has fully launched, the local currency is used (for example the UK store uses British Pounds).
In countries where Ovi Store hasn't yet fully launched, an international version of Ovi Store using Euros is available.
The international version of Ovi Store should now be available in most countries, and there are also local versions appearing too which have local language and local currency options.
If you want to find out if Ovi Store is available in your country, go to store.ovi.com on your phone's web browser.
Any company or self-employed individual. You'll need a tax or VAT identification number for the registration process, your local tax office should be able to help you get such a number if you don't already have one.
You can apply to become an Ovi publisher by going to publish.ovi.com. If you're accepted, you'll be able to upload your content onto the Ovi Store website and set payment details.