Nokia has just revealed that their Ovi Store will start out with a considerably larger catalog of items than their direct competitors like the iTunes App Store and the Android Market. In fact, they’re starting out with about 20,000 things!
The Ovi Store is set to open in late spring, just in time for the release of the Nokia N97 smartphone in July. The “items” in the store are said to include games, general apps and even short-form videos. GPS will be used to filter content as well by city and locality.
This marks a sharp difference from the first app stores. The iTunes App Store started with only 500 apps and the Android Market started with just about 50 apps. The only problem is that Nokia is hitting some resistance from U.S. carriers in receiving full support for the Ovi Store.