Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Nokia Debuts "Ovi" Internet services

Nokia introduced "Ovi", its new Internet services brand name for mobile devices. Ovi, meaning "door" in Finnish, will be Nokia's portal enabling consumers to access its gaming and music store services. Also under the Ovi umbrella is Nokia Maps, the company's navigation service, as well as future Internet-based services the coming plans to introduce in the coming months.

Nokia also promised to make Ovi "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 English language version of Ovi is expected to debut in Q4.

Nokia also unveiled four new mobile devices specifically optimized for entertainment, music and games. Each device offers dedicated music or gaming keys, expanded memory, large screens and extended battery performance. Prices range from EUR 225 to EUR 560, with shipping later this year. The new devices include:

  • the Nokia N81 and Nokia N81 8GB, featuring 3G and WLAN connectivity, and a polished surface with keys that light up when you activate them;

  • the Nokia N95 8GB, featuring a 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, built-in A-GPS, WLAN, HSDPA and an innovative 2-way slide. The Nokia N95 8GB now offers up to eight gigabytes of built-in memory. The N95 8GB also boasts a new luminous 2.8" QVGA display.

  • the Nokia 5310 XpressMusic, featuring an aluminium finish, and an iconic design that is only 9.9mm thick and weighs less than 71 grams. The device offers up to 18 hours of music playback, memory for up to 3,000 songs on an optional 4GB microSD card and dedicated music keys. It also features a 2-megapixel camera and a 2-inch QVGA screen.

  • the Nokia 5610 XpressMusic, featuring an iconic Music Slider key making music easy to access with a flick of the thumb. It has a 2.2-inch display and capacity for 3,000 songs on an optional 4GB microSD card.