Nokia: Two New Phones and an App Store

By  |  Monday, February 16, 2009 at 2:43 am

Mobile World CongressHere at the Nokia press conference at Mobile World Congress, the Finnish phone behemoth just announced two new E-series phones and–inevitably–an application store for distributing software not only to new Nokia smartphones but to millions of the company’s handsets that are already out there.

The first new phone the company introduced is the E55, which Nokia says is the world’s thinnest smartphone, and can run for up to a month in standby mode on a single charge of its battery; it sports a BlackBerry Pearl-style keyboard that puts two characters on each key and uses predictive input to figure out what you’re trying to type.¬† The unsubsidized price is 264 Euros ($337), and it’ll be available this summer.

The other new phone is the E75, a new model that’s supposedly a sort of descendant of phones in Nokia’s Communicator range (read: slide-out keyboard and business-y features); the company says it’s less of a brick (and yes, they used that word) than earlier versions. It’ll cost 375 Euros ($479) unsubsidized, and is due next month.

The store is the Ovi Store–Ovi being Nokia’s name for its portfolio of consumery services–and while the images we saw look very much like Apple’s App Store, Nokia says that its storefront will use information such as your location and your friends’ favorite downloads to get to know you and recommend stuff you might like–including media as well as software. (Example given by the company: If your phone noticed you were in Barcelona, it might recommend a travel guide to Spain.) Facebook, MySpace, Fox Interactive, Electronic Arts, Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, Shazam, and Handmark are among the content and app developers already on board.

For all the bragging Nokia did this morning about the eerie precision with which the Ovi Store will get to know you and anticipate your needs and desires, I’ll believe it when I see it: Countless software and service companies have promised me their technologies would be able to read me like a book over the years, and I can’t think of one example of an experience feeling anywhere near that magical.

Nokia’s upcoming N97 will be the first phone to include Ovi when it shows up in June, but the store will be available as a downloadable upgrade for some phones beginning in May. It’ll let developers offer for-pay and free aps, and there will be options for credit card and carrier billing payment options which will vary by region.

After the jump, Nokia beauty shots of the E55 and E75, and my own fuzzy images of the Ovi Store from the press event.

Nokia E55

Nokia E75

Ovi Store

Ovi Store

Ovi Store

 
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  1. Novels Says:

    Black berry released their storm, trying to compete with iphone, now its nokia turn to magic

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