Nokia Store to be replaced next year by the Opera Mobile Store on certain Nokia models

Nokia Store to be replaced next year by the Opera Mobile Store on certain Nokia models
Now that Microsoft and Opera have shaken hands, we can tell you that starting next year, the Opera Mobile Store will be replacing the Nokia Store as the place to go for your app shopping on Nokia featurephones, Nokia's Symbian powered handsets, and the Nokia X. The latter runs on a forked version of Android.

The change will take place starting in the first quarter of 2015, when those with affected Nokia handsets will be redirected to the Opera Mobile Store where they will be given a chance to open an account with Opera. The migration from the Nokia Store to the Opera Mobile Store should be completed sometime in the first half of the year. Once that occurs, the Nokia Store will be shuttered.

The Opera Mobile Store currently features 300,000 apps and games, and handles millions of downloads daily. Once the  Nokia Store closes and the migration is complete, the Opera Mobile Store will be the third largest app store globally, in terms of downloads. The store supports over 7500 devices, running the gamut from featurephone to smartphone.

Microsoft closed on its purchase of Nokia Devices and Services earlier this year, and the software giant has started to remove all remnants of the Nokia name from product lines that are now owned by it.

Thanks for the tip, Olga!

source: GSMArena



1. vishalvenky

Posts: 79; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

Do whatever you want Microsoft. Nokia will rise again. Now I have that hope

3. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

we all sure, Nokia will rise again......and nokia has started.

2. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

I don't really know why Microsoft such a mean and nasty company ??? They only wanna destroy every thing called Nokia

6. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Because they can't use the name Nokia. How many blow hards have a difficult time understanding this. NOKIA owns NOTHING of their previous division. That means NOKIA HAS 0 STAFF TO UPKEEP OLD PHONES. So Opera and MS are handling it. If anything this is awesome for older nokia users as they will have access and future access to apps and not be left out to dry.

19. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Dude you can't reason with ignorance. No one seems to be interested in the truth, they are bent on hating MS and just about everything it does. Its an Android army.No room for reasoning.

23. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I can say the same thing about you, a Microsoft fan. I do use and recommend some Microsoft product to my friend and company only if there are no other better option which unfortunately happens too often in the enterprise setting. WP8 is a lost cause and even Microsoft realize that so the building of iOS and Android apps as a delay tactics. Still Johnnokia is right. Microsoft has just destroy their former partner the one they promised to work with and that an undisputable fact. Anyway, I already know the outcome when Nokia signed the agreement with the devil, anyone would if they know their tech history. In other words, Opera is in Microsoft crosshair.

28. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

I use Microsoft products and a tech fan I general however unlike you guys I don't spread lies and such. You claim Johnnokia is correct yet you have not explained how him or yourself is correct. Walk us through what happened before MS came to Nokia tell us the story of everything that happened, if you look at the actual facts you will see fan or foe that things are not the way you depicted them. There is a reason you would make one line statements without actually telling the story that is because the facts says something different than what you state.

29. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

32. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Astroturf much, bro?

4. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

C'mon man Microsoft have now helped nokia!

33. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Reality Distortion Field...Microsoft's people stole it from Apple recently...

5. ojdidit84

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

I REALLY wanted Nokia to go with Android from the jump. Maybe doing both WP and Android and not putting all of their eggs in one basket and not the terrible AOSP version that they came up with for the Nokia X models. Some of the die-hard Nokia fan (I'm thinking they were more WP fans than Nokia fans) thought that'd be a stupid idea and that WP would bring them back from the brink of fading into oblivion and yet Elop had his way and did away with it in the end. I, personally, don't think that Nokia would've gone the way of HTC. HTC was NEVER as big as Nokia and with the innovations that Nokia has brought to mobile along with their name I think they could've been a huge player in Android if they'd gone that route from the start. Here's to hoping they come back with a vengeance in 2016!

7. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

They didnt want to from the start cause they already had a Open Source OS called Symbian that they controlled. Why would they release this control. Elop didnt have his way, he cannot steer the ship by himself. The board had no interest in paying fees and owning nothing of the Android ecosystem. If they would have went with Android, they would be paying billions to MS like Samsung does. Currently when they went with MS they forgo'd that fee, and to be honest the only reason we care about Nokia now is because they stayed alive with MS. If MS didnt help Nokia would have sold in 2yrs time, and Android would have been a money drainer. Samsung already had the jump on them, and would have offered nothing other than a camera and vanilla android to hold them over. Now that Nokia has put out awesome hardware, all of a sudden there is Nokia fans everywhere. Where were all the Nokia fans when Symbian took a tank? Nokia was very low in smartphone sales compared to other smartphones, it was their feature phones making them the numbers. 2016 will not be the year of their revival, more like 2018, unless everything they do is licensed out (which costs more than in house).

9. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Let me tell you something "elitewolverine". You seem like a sort of troll just trolling every time as if thats all what you have available to do. To start, the only thing that was maintained alive is "Windows Phone", and that is thanks to Nokia. Many friends of mine who have a "Windows Phone" bought this none sense because, A) It IS Nokia and B) Because it is money cheap (not the hardware side that is very high quality). Actually, my friends all buys "WP" because of the hardware, and who makes the hardware, it is Nokia and people can't afford to pay 500 bucks for a "WP" OS, even if it is Nokia because 500 bucks is just to expensive for a low end Operating System, always late on everything and you know what I am talking about, it is "Windows Phone". Lets talk about Samsung now. The only reason Samsung is on the market now is because Nokia is not on the market. And all this is coming from Flop's. If Nokia had made the 41 Mpx camera on Android, with all the features and innovation like Clear Black Display, HAAC mics, NFC, Wireless Charging, let me tell you that not only "WP" would be even a stronger, higher and better FLOP as it is today with 3% market share, but Samsung would have tough competition and would maybe not be on the market, like some LG or HTC actually. 2016 will be the revival of the King, the King still have all their patents and they are liberated from the Flop - btw I think you are still confusing Nokia of before with Flop and Nokia without Flop of today and tomorrow. Well come back to the King, the Phoenix is back from ashes !

11. ojdidit84

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

I wouldn't go so far as to say that he's a troll. He's just stating his opinion. He makes some solid points to support it. However I don't agree with him at all. I think one of Nokia's mistakes was, while they had these great Symbian smarthphones, they didn't offer any of these nor their feature phones here in the US. I was one of the people longing for a Nokia high-end smartphone to reach US shores yet never got the opportunity aside form buying one that would work on ATT or TMo, neither of which I was willing to switch to just to have a fully functioning Nokia. I also don't agree that if Nokia had gone with Android that they'd have sold in 2 years or that they'd be in the same boat that HTC is in. Nokia has always made great hardware. I don't think that going with just one OS was a great move at all. Many people that I know that have Nokia WP devices bought the devices solely on the fact that they were Nokia phones. Now if Nokia had ALSO threw a few eggs in the Android basket with some truly solid phones like the 1020 & 1520 with actual Android and not their Nokia X Android monstrosity they'd be in a better position than they'd have ever been by going solely with one or the other and now they're stuck making only tablets thanks to the sleeper cell that was Elop. I still don't see how people don't think that it's suspicious that the former Microsoft employee comes to Nokia, writes the "Burning Platform" memo, swings the company over to WP (a platform that has hardly gained much ground since WP7) going against the judgement of the other board members and 3 years later delivers the handset division over to Microsoft on a silver platter, bringing him and Nokia back over to MS with him back into another upper management position at MS.

12. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Lol delusional Nokia fans. Samsung sold because they had the best displays, internals, and because they manufacture them cheap because everything was in house. Other OEMs have to sell their phones at higher prices to match them or release phones with lesser specs. In fact, Samsung still does this. The GS5 used the higher clocked SD801 globally before anyone else and the GS4 used gorilla glass 3 while the M7 used Gorilla glass 2. So Samsung sold because they had the thinnest, lightest handsets with the best displays and internals, including Sony camera sensors for the same price as people sold lesser internals. Plus they have the biggest marketing budget. Taking all that into account. Nokia was still making super bricks and the best they could come up with for Microsoft was the super brick Lumia 920 that was heavy and 10.5mm thick. Keep in mind people were going for sleek and sexy and they are STILL going for that judging by iphone 6 sales. So do you really think they would have crushed Samsung if they went Android instead of Windiws Phone? Sorry Nokia fans, but you are delusional. Samsung simply has the better infrastructure and pulse of the market. And let's just say you were right, and I think you are like dead beat wrong, and Nokia would have stopped Samsung dead in its tracks. If the head of the company, whom they chose carefully(every CEO is chosen very carefully), really made such a huge mistake by going Windiws phone instead of Android..... What makes you think they wouldn't have made more ultra critical mistakes with their Android products and skins? Sigh, you hopeless romantic Nokia fans.

13. ojdidit84

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

Yeah, lets be real here. No way in hell they were going to steamroll Samsung in any Android sales. They may have been better off than they are not, but not on the scale that Samsung is. That's grasping at straws a bit there. Still, putting all of their eggs in that one WP basket didn't do them much better than they were already at with Symbian falling off of the face of the earth.

15. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Taters I don't know what you are smocking but it is a very nice and tasty drug. I am sure you know why Samsung have the best display actually but you are not aware of it, well I will explain to you. The momentum Samsung have created since the Galaxy S2 and S3 have given them the ability to have enough cash to pour into marketing and displays today, so you are talking about things you don't know or not aware of. We are in a case of if Nokia didn't had Flop as a CEO. In this case, would they went to Android a while ago, Samsung would not have the momentum they have today. Samsung is a TV maker and a mobile maker since 2000 and maybe before and they catch Nokia only with the Galaxy S2 and S3 because of Apple's pressure, in 2011. Samsung had mobiles phones before, as well as Sony, and Nokia was still the King of the King. Let me teach you something. Apple is not a TV maker and their are a high level player against Samsung so your argument is dismounted like poop. Your story about Samsung having better specs is complete non sense. Nokia for example had a 41 mpx before Samsung, and Samsung still don't have this thing. The Snapdragon 801 is not made by Samsung little guy. The Mororola Droid X have a 2.7 Ghz processor smocking up Samsung, so the problem is not that Samsung makes their own chip. Nokia makes their own chip too, for example with the help of ST Microelectronics. The very good HAAC Mics in Nokia phones didn't need at all Samsung's help. All what you are talking about is the CONSEQUENCE, not the CAUSE. The only reason why the Nokia Lumia 920 didn't sell is because of the sad, old, closed shame full "Windows Phone" OS. The "Windows Phone" OS limited the Lumia 920 in many points. The CPU could not be up to date. A lot of features where missing compared to the Symbian and Android (mostly Symbian because at the time Symbian could support more features, Android was just more UI polished). When the Galaxy S2 came out, there was no competition versus the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 mostly, so everyone jumped on the Galaxy S2. "WP" was again late, ugly, so Nokia and because of Flop didn't have time to respond at time with their prowess. So yes, Nokia would have crushed Samsung like toilet paper just like before, had Nokia been responsive. But the real beauty of the thing is that you will be able to admire the Power of the True One starting today with the Nokia N1.

26. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Now that is the post of someone on meds. Seriously you call people trolls and this is what you come up with? Samsung had mobile phones, running Symbian, they left. Elop did not cause the leave. Before Elop came on board, Nokia had screwed themselves. The only reason you see Nokia today, and many Android lovers wanting them, is because of MS. Without MS, Nokia would be another fish in the Android pond. I know you think otherwise, but face it, they would have. Oh and before Elop came on board, Nokia pushed Android aside because they had their own OS. Two actually.

30. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I don't know where to begin..... This is just baseless drivel without any proper support. First, Apple does use a similar strategy. Since they cannot get manufacturer pricing close to cost themselves. They found another way to do it. They used the Costco and Walmart model, buy things in such huge bulk and line the manufacturers pockets so well, that manufactures have to sell it to them really low or lose billions. So yes, Apple's infrastructure is not as equipped as Samsung's but they don't need to be. They have the money to buy mass quantities to lower their costs and expenses which is similar to how Samsung manufactures their own parts to lower costs and increase profits. That is just something Nokia and other competitors cant do or can't afford to do. Also, about the 41mpx camera. That is a perfect example of why Nokia wouldn't be able to stop Samsung, they don't have a puse on the market. Nobody cares about a 41mp camera, especially if it adds a HUGE camera bump to their sleek and sexy phones. Samsung knows this and that's why they don't include Galaxy Camera bumps to their flagships, because they know it's a niche product. As for the Qualcomm chips, yes they don't design those but they buy it in high enough bulk that they get first dibs. And they design their own Exynos chips that lowers costs elsewhere. To claim that Nokia would stop Samsung's momentum is just laughable. They would have broken in sooner or later with their massive infrastructure. Just like Foxconn will eventually be more than Apple's lapdog eventually and that might start with the N1 tablet ironically. Oh you clueless Nokia fans

21. hemedans

Posts: 757; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

battle between samsung and nokia. wp battle-- nokia sold more wp than samsung cameraphone--- 808 and lumia 1020 destroy galaxy camera feature phone--- nokia outsell samsung till they sell phone division to ms symbian--- samsung was no where to be seen (samsung use to make symbian smartphone) even amoled nokia was the first to make amoled and samsung rip it off

20. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Those who presents fact and logic are called trolls, while those who writes one liners are seen as heroes. The future looks dim for truth.

24. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Ill replay, why not. Ill number my responses to coincide with your paragraphs. 1) you replied, a much longer post, we equally have nothing better to do, best part is, I got paid on my job during my down time exchanging Androids to post. 2) Cookie? 60% of androids are cheap devices. I purchased windows not because of Nokia, but because I didn't have to deal with errors that my 12 other androids deal with daily. Including my past 3 note 3's. 3) Nokia makes very little of the hardware. They do not make the NAND chips, or processors, etc. Design? yes. 4) Do you even know history? Symbian had everything android did, yet nokia still failed. The 1020 was able to be released because of WP, freeing up much needed resources. If android was in the mix, having a 1020 android would have been much less of a reality. So much so that even today, not a single major android player has one. And one of those players is a top line Camera Maker, who literally makes their own sensors (sony). 5) I presume you are referring to Elop when you say Flop, kewl story. Shall we call you JuanDump? Or perhaps JuanDumb....

34. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

It's not trolling when you work for the company you are trying to troll on behalf's called "astroturfing"...and these Microsoft guys have it down to an art...

8. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

Why demonise Elop he did a good job and yes symbian was a burning platform I have always had nokia smartphones and as much as I like nokia boy were they behind android and iOS both excellent os's .and they needed an alternative os not android where they couldn't stand a chance and Microsoft has proved all the haters wrong by making this agreement.

10. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

3% market share ?

22. hemedans

Posts: 757; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

man i will write it forever for all of you who defend elop. 2010/2011 is when hero was born, nokia 5230 it sell 150million units and earn world record for best selling smartphone ever, at same time elop tell us symbian is burning platform 2011 is when nokia set another record by sell more than 400 million phones, even samsung is dreaming about that figure, then elop told us nokia is no more we have to embrace wp. elop replaced symbian (s60v3) with asha os and downgrade from smartphone os to feature phone os. while asha phone like 311 need 1ghz cpu symbian only need 300-600mhz cpu and it perform 100 times better compare to asha. if symbian was alive today we could have smartphone cost 30usd or below. lets be honest, elop killed symbian and meego to make way for wp, if he was wise nokia could make symbian, android, meego and wp smartphone together

27. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Reading Articles of the people working with Symbian, both developers of the OS and devs that were developing for the OS. Paints a different picture. Symbian was dead. No matter how many phones you sell, when you are not considered a smartphone, and have 60,000 apps at the height, compared to 300k 400k of your competing platform it is dead. Nokia's Symbian development was so bad, Cisco, Samsung, and over a dozen others LEFT. Because it was a cluster mess of a OS. And I am not defending Elop, but rather actually looking at the mess Nokia was in when Elop came on board. You mention numbers, ill let you look up their underwhelming profits and losses with those sales.

35. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

A S T R O T U R F I N G ^

39. hemedans

Posts: 757; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

its true symbian was destined to die and meltemi be successor in low end while meego be in high end, but you cant just kill os which has large market like that. symbian was perfoming well in low end, in 2011 how many cheap android was able to run those 300,000 apps? and sometime number of apps dont matter but quality matter, symbian suffer from browser and keyboard apps but there are some apps which are better even android and ios dont have. example image designer which was created by python. all nokia research was made for meego/linux in mind, move to wp destroy everything nokia did in their lab, but atleast now they can rise up again and show us their magic

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