Nokia is expected to announce a new applications service in another sign that the number one phone manufacturer is playing catch-up to new entrants into the sector.
Nokia will reveal a new app store, where customers will be able to download the kind of customised applications that have proven a hit for Apple, Google and BlackBerry devices.
Ranging from Facebook and more niche applications, Nokia will encourage developers to produce a rich catalogue of apps to be made available to the millions of high-end Nokia devices around the world.
The move into apps follows Nokia’s belated entry into touch-screen devices last month, with the 5800 XpressMusic phone, as well as its email client, Mail for Exchange, in response to RIM’s push email client on its BlackBerry email devices.
Nokia is also expected to outline deeper plans for its email services to challenge RIM’s dominance of the mobile email market.
Nokia produced its music store last year, also in response to Apple’s loyal customers buying iPhones to use their collections of digital music.