Nokia’s application store Ovi opened for business yesterday in selected territories, offering 20,000 titles for download.
Ovi is the Finnish mobile phone manufacturer’s attempt at rivaling Apple’s App Store and allows visitors to install games and applications directly to their handsets.
At present only mobile phone owners in Australia, Singapore and Ireland can access the service, but Nokia plans to launch the UK version within a matter of days.
The first day of business on the site was marked by a series of teething troubles, including non-loading pages and delays accessing applications.
This prompted Nokia to release a statement through a blog, in which it outlined the action it has taken to address the problems.
The statement read: “Shortly after launching the Ovi Store at two am ET, we began experiencing extraordinarily high spikes of traffic that resulted in some performance issues for users accessing store.ovi.com and store.ovi.mobi.
"We immediately began to address this issue by adding servers, which resulted in intermittent performance improvements. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused Ovi Store users and encourage you to continue giving us feedback as we develop the service further."
The unveiling of Ovi comes as Nokia is preparing to launch the successor to the N96, the N97.