By Robin Wauters
Big numbers coming out of Nokia (NYSE:NOK) land this morning. The company says its application store Ovi Store continues to gain traction, this week reaching the 3 million downloads per day milestone, up from 1 million downloads per day in the beginning of this year and 2.3 million downloads per day last month.
In addition, Nokia revealed that the total number of users of Ovi now exceeds 165 million people across more than 190 countries. Furthermore, Nokia says it is adding some 250,000 new Ovi users on a daily basis, which means roughly 7.5 million new users per month.
Asymco compares the number with iTunes download rates:
Nokia adds that 90 percent of visits to the Ovi Store effectively lead to an app download, and that each registered visitor downloads 2.6 apps on average. At present, 92 developers have reached the 1-million+ download milestone each for their apps, and Nokia says that number will grow to 100 by next week.
A bit of a surprise with regards to the most popular app on the Ovi Store worldwide: Rovio’s Angry Birds is number two, trailing Q Torch (made by India’s CellApp technology). Nevertheless, Angry Birds is the top-selling paid app.
Nokia also touts the popularity of its Qt SDK, which it says has been downloaded more than 1.5 million times this year alone, while 400,000 new developers are said to have signed up with Forum Nokia over the last year.
Recently, Nokia said it will focus solely on the Qt framework framework and support for HTML5 in an effort to ensure that apps will continue to be compatible with future evolutions of Symbian as well as upcoming MeeGo products.