Erase and rewind


In a week during which the UK distinguished itself as the “Whiplash Capital of Europe” thanks to its rep for filing dodgy insurance claims, The Informer is pleased to note that, in the technology world at least, injury-preventing U-turns have been the order of the day.

Nokia in deal to boost mobile data in India

Ovi Life Tools is a range of services covering agriculture, education and entertainment

There was more activity in the Indian mobile market on Monday as local carrier Reliance Communications announced a partnership with handset giant Nokia designed to push mobile data services in the country.

Nokia restructures for high-end handset battle

Nokia's new organisation structure, effective July 1st 2010

Nokia, the world’s leading handset manufacturer, has announced a structural and managerial shake-up designed to improve its performance in the high end smartphone segment as well as its growing services portfolio.

Mobile navigation service, Waze, hits the BlackBerry platform

Mobile navigation service, Waze, hits the BlackBerry platform

I had a note in from the team at free navigation service, Waze, to let me know that they’ve launched an early beta version of Waze for BlackBerry. If you haven’t come across Waze before, it’s a simply fantastic community mapping service that quite a lot of people are going nuts over. The service enables you to swiftly identify the best and most usable map routes — like a ‘path well trodden’ for the connected age.

Ovi Maps racks up almost 1.5 million downloads

Nokia's free Ovi Maps racks up almost 1.5 million downloads

Since making its Ovi Maps navigation service available free to the masses in late January, Finnish handset vendor Nokia has racked up 1.4 million downloads.

If they build it, will they come?

If they build it, will they come?

Acclaimed travel writer Bill Bryson once remarked: “We used to build civilizations. Now we build shopping malls.” In 2009, that observation became a theme for the mobile space.

Plain old billing is where the real pot of gold could be

In the rush by operators to roll out app stores, cross-network widgets and other services designed to lure Web developers and users, it is easy to forget that perhaps the greatest asset that operators have to secure themselves a long-term place in the digital-content value chain is plain old billing.

Nokia laptop to debut in October

The Booklet 3G - don't call it a netbook

Nokia’s foray into the laptop space will start next month when the Booklet 3G launches in Europe, to be followed in November by its US debut.

Nokia stepping up social networking game?

Is Nokia set to acquire Dopplr?

Social networking seems high on the agenda these days among the operator and handset vendor communities alike.

Symbian to play application middle man

Symbian to play application middle man

The Symbian Foundation announced an application publishing programme on Thursday afternoon that will see it attempt to bridge the gap between developers and application stores. Dubbed Symbian Horizon, the new initiative was described by Symbian’s Sean Puckrin, who is leading the programme, as equivalent to a record label in the music business.

Nokia opens door on underwhelming app store experience

Nokia opens door to Ovi Store

Nokia, the world’s biggest handset vendor joined the fray on Tuesday morning by opening the doors to its own app store as an extension of the Ovi services platform.

Apple takes 12% of mobile apps market

Apple takes 12% of mobile apps market

Application store trailblazer Apple managed to capture 12 per cent of the mobile apps market in 2008, according to figures released this week.

Nokia tweaks services strategy, embraces third party partners

Nokia tweaks services strategy

Finnish handset giant Nokia is refocusing its services strategy to make better use of third parties as a way of cutting costs.

Heroes to open door on Nokia app store

Heroes to open door on Nokia app store

The world’s biggest handset vendor, Nokia, gave some indication of its ambitions for the application store known as Ovi this week, announcing a content deal with Tim Kring, creator of the TV show Heroes.

Nokia worries operators with Oz acquisition

Finnish handset vendor Nokia has significantly beefed up its Ovi mobile services offering with Tuesday’s acquisition of Canada-based mobile email shop Oz. Nokia didn’t say how much it paid for the firm, but analysts say $100m is probably close to the price. With the acquisition, the world’s biggest handset vendor has shifted the focus of [...]

Nokia thinking of befriending Facebook

The big rumour doing the rounds this week is that Finnish handset giant Nokia is looking to buy a stake in social networking website Facebook. Although Nokia is cultivating its own social networking site, Mosh, as part of its Ovi mobile services initiative, it appears that a deal is underway that will see Facebook plastered [...]

Voda opens up to Nokia’s Ovi platform

While Google is still getting its mobile strategy underway, Nokia is steaming ahead with its web services offensive, signing a deal with Vodafone on Wednesday. The “world’s largest mobile operator by revenue” and the world’s largest handset manufacturer have agreed to launch an integrated suite of Vodafone services combined with Nokia Ovi services on a [...]

Nokia plots services route with Navteq buy

Finnish handset vendor Nokia continued its march into the services arena on Monday, through the acquisition of US mapping and location based services (LBS) firm Navteq. It is beleived that “deep discussions” have been ongoing for some weeks and Nokia just confirmed that it will pay $8.1bn for the firm, making it Nokia’s largest acquisition to [...]