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Nokia veers into social internet, amplifies music experience

By Emeka Aginam
Global leader in  mobile phone manufacturing ,  Nokia  has introduced into the world market  a combo that has the capability to  change how people connect  with the offering of a new and exciting ways to give everyone, everywhere, the power to make the most of every moment.
With its  recent announcements including  Nokia Money, the Nokia N900, Nokia Booklet 3G, among others, the phone maker   has  expanded a new directions for changing the ways people go about their lives.
The Nokia CEO, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo,  in a statement said: “Nokia aims at reaching the many, not the few, with our rich portfolio of services. We are doing this through an increasing number of open partnerships with world leaders in many fields.
“We are proud to lead the charge in smartphones and beyond as manifested in the Nokia N900 and Nokia Booklet 3G, two great examples of how the world is changing and Nokia is driving this change.”
Opening up the next innovative chapter of personal and location-aware internet, Nokia, according to him,  has also  announced life casting with Ovi, a partnership with the world’s largest social network, Facebook. Lifecasting with Ovi is the first application to let people publish their location and status updates directly to their Facebook account from the home screen of a mobile device. Lifecasting goes beyond just publishing your status – it is about building deeper and closer connections between people. “It triggers new kinds of communication patterns, such as sending messages or status updates or even navigating to a friend or a place.
Lifecasting will premiere on the new Nokia N97 mini, companion to the successful Nokia N97. “Designed with a social and style-conscious consumer in mind, the Nokia N97 mini is a smaller mobile computer with stylish stainless steel cues, featuring a tilting 3.2” touch display, QWERTY keyboard and fully customizable home screen that makes each Nokia N97 mini as unique as a fingerprint. The Nokia N97 mini delivers a truly personal internet experience in a compact handset based on the iconic design of the Nokia N97″ he explained.
Jonas Geust, Vice President of Nokia Nseries, who was excited about the product said that: “People want to bring their physical and online worlds together via the internet. The Nokia N97 mini is designed for this new social internet and to help navigate people and places. With lifecasting, the Nokia N97 mini and Ovi usher in the next chapter of personal and location-aware internet.”
Lifecasting with Ovi, he explained,  will be available for both the Nokia N97 and Nokia N97 mini via Nokia Beta Labs. The Nokia N97 mini features new software which will be released in October as a free update for the Nokia N97. The new software brings compelling new experiences to both devices, including new homescreen widgets and additional usability improvements including flick scrolling.
The Nokia N97 mini is powered by a new Ovi Maps experience which makes searching, finding and navigating even easier. In addition to global pedestrian navigation, people can access premium content from Lonely Planet, Michelin and Wcities, turning the Nokia N97 mini into the world’s smallest travel companion.
Users can personalize the home screen of their device even further with thousands of different applications and services available from the Ovi Store. From games, videos and podcasts to productivity tools and web services, Ovi Store is the easiest way to fill the Nokia N97 mini’s homescreen with applications that reflect individual tastes. The Nokia N97 mini is expected to begin shipping in October 2009 for an estimated retail price of EUR 450 before taxes and subsidies.


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