The Store client updated, via Beta Labs, rewritten in QML, with Belle UI, new colours and new name

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The rollout of Nokia's rebrand of Ovi continues apace. Following the new store client for S60 3rd Edition and 5th Edition handsets a few days ago, the web-based store has had its identity subtly changed, with the blue Nokia logo up front. Most interestingly of all, there's a brand new Store client for Symbian^3 handsets (other than the E6), via Beta Labs, a big update, from v2.12.042 to v3.6.030 - with the main changes being written in Qt/QML rather than (part) WRT, a big UI revamp to fit in with the upcoming Symbian Belle interface, a cosmetic overhaul to suit Nokia (blue) colorations rather than Ovi (green), plus the aforementioned name change. Screens and comments below.

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It's a 19MB download, but that includes Qt and QML libraries.

Note the Belle UI throughout. We'll be seeing this more and more over the next couple of months.

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All existing account settings and logins etc. are preserved, it's a neat install over the old Ovi Store client.

Also noteworthy are subtle changes at the Store back-end in terms of tweaked and improved 'Collections'.

From the Beta Labs page:

We are offering members of the Nokia Beta Labs community a preview of the new Store client.  Please help us in testing it before it is deployed in a software update.

This beta Store client will replace the current Store client on your Symbian^3 or Symbian Anna device, and it supports nearly all of the features as the official Store client (Web Runtime).  The key new features this client brings include:

  • Easier navigation
  • Improved product details view, for a rich and fluid discovery experience
  • Quicker, smoother and more responsive than WRT client

To get the new version of the Nokia Store client, visit the Beta Labs page now if you have a Symbian^3/Anna phone (other than the E6, which is 'coming soon').

Steve Litchfield, AAS, 25 September 2011