Nokia today demonstrated new applications from its mobile Internet portal ‘Ovi’ and told Reuters it plans to make further acquisitions as it pushes its Internet services strategy. The Finnish vendor – the world’s largest handset manufacturer – this afternoon showcased the ‘Files on Ovi’ service, based on the acquisition of Avvenu in December 2007, which allows users to store files on the Web so that they are always accessible (similar to Google and Yahoo offerings). Nokia also introduced a new personal information management (PIM) synchronisation service for calendar, contacts, notes and tasks between Nokia phones and its Internet services site (similar to Microsoft and Apple offerings).
Meanwhile, Nokia is preparing further acquisitions in this space, on top of the ten Internet services deals it has already completed. “We’re not done,” Niklas Savander, head of the unit, told Reuters when asked about further acquisition plans. Nokia’s push into Internet services comes at a time of subdued growth in the traditional handset business, with the company warning last week its Q3 mobile device market share will fall below 40 percent. The vendor has already signed operator deals for its Internet services applications with Vodafone, Orange, Telefonica, T-Mobile, Telenor and TIM, and last week announced its Comes With Music service will launch in the UK by the end of the year. Reuters notes that Nokia hopes to combine all of its Internet services – from gaming services such as N-Gage, navigation services and digital music stores – into a single user-friendly system over time. Nokia has also recently opened up its media sharing site and games offering on Facebook and said it is looking to broaden ties with the fast-growing social networking site.