The company has added 400,000 new developers to Forum Nokia in the past 12 months, with 92 of those surpassing the million download milestone for their apps.
Meanwhile, the Nokia Qt Software Development Toolkit (SDK) and the Qt SDK combined have been downloaded 1.5 million times by developers.
Since Nokia began shipments of its new Symbian smartphones, starting with the Nokia N8 on 30 September of this year, the top downloaded free app globally was Q Torch, a utility app that turns the device into a flashlight, by CellApp Technology.
The top downloaded paid app was Angry Birds.
Scott Ellison, vice president of mobile and consumer connected platforms at IDC, said: ‘The rapid growth on Ovi Store to pass the 1 billion annualised downloads mark demonstrates that Nokia is a competitor in both scale and size when it comes to its services. With Nokia's stronger focus on the Qt platform and improved developer eco-system, Nokia should continue to see its developer numbers increase as developers see profit from new revenue shares, operator billings and the ever-growing user base around the world.’
Nokia executive vice president of services Tero Ojanperä, said: ‘Ovi Store is on a strong trajectory fuelled by new apps and games from a growing number of partners and more than 250,000 new consumers signing up for Ovi every day. The number of daily downloads has increased from about two million to three million since September. We anticipate our progress will continue as we have just begun shipping our new Symbian smartphones.’