Monday, April 25, 2011

Nokia to bring Ovi Maps to Windows Phone 7

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”.

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