Speaking at MIPCOM, Nokia France’s manager Cedric Thomas has admitted that the Apple’s App Store has helped Apple to gain the status of “must have” in the US and Europe.
Thomas, who heads Nokia’s Ovi initiative in France, also announced that the Ovi store has reached 2.5 million downloads a day, while daily downloads from the App Store had topped 16.6 million apps. Over 250,000 apps are available from the App Store. He showed a slide saying “Apple is a must have in US and EU.” The slide, which was titled “Address the App Stores,” also notes that Android is leading the US market and growing in the EU and that BlackBerry is strong in the US. Nokia’s management team underwent a shakeup last month as its CEO, Chairman and head of Nokia’s smartphone business all announced that they would step down due to Nokia’s continued loss of mobile market share to smartphones like Apple’s iPhone.