Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Nokia starts gaming, networking sites

Nokia, the world's largest cellphone maker, started on Tuesday to roll-out of its online gaming service N-Gage, a spokesman for the company said.

Nokia also opened on Tuesday its social networking site, "Share on Ovi," which it built on technology acquired with the US firm Twango as it expands into mobile Internet services.

This allows people to share photos and videos and is built on technology acquired with the US firm Twango, a spokesman for the company said. The gaming service and the media sharing site are among the cornerstones of Nokia's big push into mobile services under its new "Ovi" brand.

Nokia is the first handset maker to move strongly into the content space with services like music or filing sharing site Mosh, where millions have downloaded audio or video files, programmes or documents.

Nokia delayed the gaming service twice last year due to delays in software testing and starts to roll out to owners of its N81 multimedia phones around the world. "It's the most gaming-optimised device," said Nokia spokesman Damian Stathonikos.

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