Nokia Ovi features coming to Windows phone for rivals too

By on June 10, 2011
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All Ovi features will be given to other windows mobile manufacturers including Ovi maps

Nokia chief Stephen Elop confirmed at Open Mobile Summit in London today that all Windows Phone manufacturers would get access to whatever services Nokia crafts for the Ovi platform. This is being done due to an agreement between Nokia and Microsoft to support each other against the two mobile OS giants: Android and iOS.

Speaking during a Q&A on stage, Nokia CEO Elop was asked whether Samsung phones be able to use Nokia maps?

“Absolutely, I sure hope so, that’s very much the intent,” he said. “It’s about the Windows Phone eco-system, heavily contributed to by Microsoft, by Nokia and others. It is the case that we’re building an ecosystem in and around Windows Phone as the operating system…(but) it is the case that we want multiple OEMs to compete to participate in this ecosystem.”

Nokia owns mapping giant Navteq and provides free turn by turn navigation on its Symbian phones through Ovi Maps. It is widely expected that it will offer something similar for Windows Phone. Which is good news for Windows mobile users as Nokia Ovi maps navigation is really great. Plus with offline maps ability which Google doesn’t provide just yet, it is a blessing where data packages cost an arm and a leg. Ovi and Windows mobile both users will gain a lot through this deal.


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