Internet services that encourage collaboration, creativity and sharing – New maps and personal media sharing communities pave the way for context aware Internet services

Mobile World Congress 2008, Barcelona, Spain/Espoo, Finland – Nokia President and CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo reinforced the company’s vision of combining the benefits and opportunities of the Internet by unveiling a new line up of converged devices and services that promote collaboration and sharing. The Nokia N96, Nokia N78, Nokia 6220 classic and Nokia 6210 Navigator all exhibit different location based and multimedia experiences from pedestrian navigation to geotagging and movie viewing to video and photo sharing. Nokia sees that location based services, such as mapping and navigation are to be a fundamental platform in mobile devices going forward. The company also revealed the next step towards its Ovi Internet service environment by introducing ‘Share on Ovi’, a personal media sharing community that makes it easy to upload, manage and share personal media.

“As we continue to free the Internet from the limitations of the desktop, we are taking mobility into a completely new realm of possibility,” said Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, Chief Executive Officer of Nokia. “We are, in fact, redefining the Internet itself as we’re making it context aware and more personal. With context, the Internet becomes a medium of very immediate and personal experiences.”

Maps 2.0 – taking navigation out of the car, into the street
Nokia Maps is taking its mapping and navigation experiences to the next level by enhancing its pedestrian navigation, adding multimedia city guides, offering satellite images, and sporting a redesigned user interface. Nokia Maps 2.0 adds ‘Walk’, a pedestrian focused navigation component to the application, while still offering ‘Drive’, a world class car navigation system.

Share on Ovi – Personal media sharing community
To build upon the previously announced Ovi Internet services environment, Nokia announces Share on Ovi, a new free personal media sharing community that makes it easy to upload, manage and share personal media through a mobile, desktop or other connected device. Share on Ovi offers a community where consumers can socialize, interact and collaborate and is designed for more than 100 different media types with unlimited storage and unlimited monthly uploads. To sign up for an account, consumers should visit http://share.ovi.com.

Nokia also introduced four new devices at the show
Nokia N96 is a multimedia computer truly optimized for video and TV. With a large 2.8″ screen, 16 gigabytes of internal memory and support for high-quality videos in a wide range of formats, the dual-slide Nokia N96 represents an exciting new chapter in mobile media. The Nokia N96 multimedia computer is expected to begin shipping in Q3.

Nokia N78 is a multimedia computer that combines music, navigation and photography with the benefits of mobility. The Nokia N78 is designed to take advantage of the new suite of Nokia services, including the Nokia Music Store, Nokia Maps, and Share on Ovi. The Nokia N78 is expected to start shipping during the second quarter of 2008.

Nokia 6220 classic is a full-featured device that combines a 5 megapixel camera with A-GPS functionality to give new meaning to the phrase “to share”. High quality images and videos can be snapped, tagged, edited and shared online, phone-to-phone or even viewed on a television. The Nokia 6220 classic is expected to start shipping in the 3rd quarter of 2008 in select markets.

Nokia 6210 Navigator is the company’s first GPS-enabled mobile device with an integrated compass for pedestrian guidance. The Nokia 6210 Navigator comes with Nokia Maps 2.0, also announced today, and includes full voice and visual turn by turn guidance at no extra cost. The Nokia 6210 Navigator is estimated to start shipping on the third quarter of 2008 in select markets.

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