Ovi Maps to Be Integrated with Chinese Web Services from Sina and Tencent



Ovi Maps to Be Integrated with Chinese Web Services from Sina and Tencent
Nokia announced last week that it has signed agreements with China's two leading Internet service providers, SINA and Tencent. Both SINA and Tencent services will be seamlessly integrated with Nokia's Ovi Maps in China, inviting millions of people to share their location with friends and communities through Ovi Maps on their favorite social network.

Users of SINA microblog and Tencent's online community QQ (636 million active IM accounts) will be able to share their location through Nokia mobile devices, check-in to locations and be able to upload location based content such as recommendations and comments of restaurants, shops and movie theatres. The first location based services for SINA and Tencent customers through Ovi Maps are planned to be available during the first quarter of 2011.

“More than 250 million people are using a Nokia device in China and with this partnership, we can help people share their location with their friends and communities through Ovi Maps on their favorite social network," said Phil Kemp, Vice President Services at Nokia.

Nokia has an impressive market share in China; however, reported makret research firm Canalys today, "under pressure from Huawei and Samsung in particular, Nokia’s share in China's smartphone market slipped to 56% in the fourth quarter 2010, down from 76% a year ago, despite growing its volume in the country by over 70% in the same period."

Monday, January 31st 2011


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