9/3/2009 12:12:00 PM
Nokia opens up Ovi to external developers
Nokia will open up Ovi Maps to external developers so they can use the service in their applications, in the same way Google Maps can be used on the iPhone or BlackBerry.
The manufacturer made the announcement at Nokia World, which continues today (3 September), in Stuttgart, Germany.
The move will make it easier for developers to create applications with integrated services and with ‘less effort’, using the new Ovi APIs and the Ovi SDK Beta.
Nokia executive VP of services Niklas Savander said: ‘This is just the beginning. We will work in close co-operation with developers to evolve the offering, starting with social location solutions.
‘Our goal is clear, and that is to make it effortless for our partners to create highly appealing, context-relevant applications that consumers will find indispensable.’
Meanwhile, Nokia also announced today that its latest Nseries devices, the Nokia N900 and Nokia N97 Mini, are now available to pre-order online from the Nokia online shop.
The Nokia N97 Mini is priced at £429, Sim-free, and the Nokia N900 Linux-based internet tablet is £499. The phones will begin shipping later this year.