Microsoft has announced replacing Nokia Store as the default app store with Opera Mobile Store on Nokia feature phones, Symbian and Nokia X phones. From the first quarter of 2015, users accessing Nokia store from Series 40, Series 60, Symbian, Asha and Nokia X devices will be automatically redirected to Opera Mobile Store.
“We continue to sell and support classic Nokia devices, which remain popular in many parts of the world,” said Rich Bernardo, Vice President, Phones, Microsoft. “We’re delighted to partner with Opera Software and continue to provide a reliable app store experience for consumers and developers alike.”
“When the current users of the Nokia Store are migrated to Opera Mobile Store, they will continue to get fresh, interesting apps for their Nokia phones,” says Lars Boilesen, CEO of Opera Software. “The Opera Mobile Store becomes an even more significant player in the app store market, and Nokia mobile phone users get a first-class app store for years to come.”
Opera says it is positioned to become the third largest app store in terms of downloads. The store features over 300,000 apps and games. Opera Mobile Store supports more than 7,500 different devices, including feature phones and smartphones.
The latest tie up comes shortly after the two company signed an agreement under which Opera will become default browser on Nokia-branded phones, including Series 30+, Series 40, Asha and Nokia X handsets.