Nokia to bring Ovi Maps to Windows Phone 7

By on April 25, 2011
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Operator-billed Nokia-branded app store also in the works.


Nokia CEO Stephen Elop dropped a few details of what users can expect from the Nokia-powered Windows Phone 7 devices when they are released next year. The details came by after Nokia and Microsoft entered into a ‘definite agreement’ on Thursday last week.

According to Elop, the company has now “shifted from a mode of developing” its strategy to one of “putting that strategy into action”. As part of the plan to strengthen its lineup of Windows Phone 7 devices, Nokia will be bringing much of its touted features to the platform. Among them will be Ovi Maps, the popular mapping and location-based services used by millions.

A Nokia-branded application store, complete with operator-billing, is also in the works to support the Windows Marketplace back-end with its 112 operators in 36 markets.

Nokia also said that the developer registration fee – normally $99 – will be wavied for the first year for all published Nokia developers.

As the company moves to newer pastures, Elop says it still maintains a “laser focus” on delivering great Symbian smartphones with the upcoming Nokia E6 and Nokia X7 devices, as well as the Symbian Anna software update which are a part “of an ongoing pattern of software enhancements”.


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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