September 22, 2008

Two New Services on Nokia Portal

By Siti Syameen Md Khalili

NOKIA'S Internet services portal Ovi has added two new services that will help users manage their personal information and media through a single platform. The new services, and Files on Ovi, were recently demonstrated through an online event. is set to enhance personal information management (PIM) sync capabilities for users and safeguard their data online. This will come in handy if the user's mobile device is lost or stolen. Calendar, Contacts, Tasks and Notes data can be synched between a Nokia mobile device and

Nokia's head of Ovi product management Aapo Bovellan said Calendar, Contacts, Tasks and Notes were chosen because data in these folders is what people would hate to lose the most. Also, such data can be conveniently updated online.

To complement, Nokia has introduced Ovi Suite. This PC application allows users to copy files and other data from their Nokia mobile device to their computer as well as create backup content. It also makes it easy for users to drag-and-drop photos and videos to Nokia's media sharing service Share on Ovi.

"Ovi Suite can be considered as an improved version of Nokia PC Suite and Nseries PC Suite. In future, Ovi Suite will be a single piece of PC connectivity software from Nokia. A version of Ovi Suite for the Mac will also be released," said Kalle Ojala, head of Ovi Suite product management.

Meanwhile, Files on Ovi offers remote access to files on Internet- connected computers from any browser-enabled mobile phone or computer. As part of Files on Ovi, the Anytime Files personal storage feature lets users store their files online and access them anytime, anywhere.

According to Nokia's head of Files on Ovi Keith Barraclough, the service, which is offered through a paid subscription model, comes in two storage options: 10 gigabytes or 30GB for synchronised Anytime Files access.

"Files on Ovi allows remote access to standard file formats on the PC. You can use Files on Ovi to access any file that is visible in the remote PC file system. However, we block the sending of audio and video files through Files on Ovi to avoid copyright issues with the content."

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