Nokia today introduced Ovi, the company''s new internet services brand name. With
the introduction of Ovi, Nokia is expanding from a focus on mobile devices to
offering a range of Internet services. Ovi, meaning ''door'' in Finnish, enables
consumers to easily access their existing social network, communities and content,
as well as acting as a gateway to Nokia services.
As part of Ovi, Nokia
announced the Nokia Music Store and N-Gage, two services that make it easy for
people to discover, try and buy music and games from a range of artists and publishers,
including exclusive content through Nokia for a fee.
under the Ovi umbrella is Nokia Maps, a navigation service that offers maps, city
guides and more directly to compatible mobile devices. Nokia aims to bring more
Internet based services to Ovi in the coming months.
Speaking at the Nokia
Go Play event in London, Nokia president and chief executive officer Olli-Pekka
Kallasvuo presented Ovi and the new Nokia services for consumers, and spoke about
the company''s future plans as an internet company.
industry is converging towards Internet driven experiences and Ovi represents
Nokia''s vision in combining the Internet and mobility," said Kallasvuo. "Nokia
is the number one mobile device company in the world. Looking into the future,
we will deliver great devices, combined with compelling experiences and services,
to make it easy for people to unlock the potential of the Internet.
started this journey with our navigation services earlier this year and we are
now combining all our services into a single branded offering - Ovi by Nokia.
Over the coming 12 months, you will see us integrate new user interface elements,
service suites and web communities to Ovi," added Kallasvuo.
say Ovi is the gateway to Nokia''s internet services. "It will also be an
open door to web communities, enabling people to access their content, communities
and contacts from a single place, either directly from a compatible Nokia device
or from a PC." The first version of Ovi.com is scheduled to go live in English
during the fourth quarter of 2007 and additional features and languages expected
to go live during the first half of 2008.