Nokia Ovi is turning out to be really interesting. As mentioned in an earlier review of the Nokia N96 vs the Samsung Innov8 on CNET Asia, I somehow prefer Samsung’s open approach compared to Nokia’s proprietory software approach. But proprietory software does have its advantages too, as you might probably see from this announement :
Nokia to demonstrate latest elements of Ovi
Stepwise approach to increasing Ovi functionality aimed at ensuring a smooth and intuitive user experience
Singapore – In an online event today, Nokia will demonstrate the new personal information management (PIM) sync functionality of Ovi.com, as well as the recently launched Nokia Ovi Suite for PC and the Files on Ovi remote-access service. These different elements of Ovi help you manage your personal information and media in various ways through a simple and unified interface.
“Today’s demonstration is about showing people how you can easily backup, sync and share your content using Ovi services on your PC, the web and your mobile device,” said Jussi Nevanlinna, vice president of product and portfolio management in Nokia’s services and software business. “Our stepwise approach to rolling out and integrating these and other elements of Ovi lets us learn and adjust according to the feedback we receive from people, so that we can constantly improve the user’s experience of our services. We recognize that in the services business bringing something new to market is not the end of its development – it’s only the beginning.”
The latest version of Ovi.com, which is now available as a public beta, offers free functionality for syncing your calendar, contacts, notes and tasks between a Nokia mobile device and www.ovi.com. With this functionality Ovi.com users can now create an online backup of their important information that they can access and edit anytime when connected to the internet. Nokia believes this improves a customer’s mobile experience by safeguarding their personal information in case their device is lost or stolen.
With the Nokia Ovi Suite for PC application you can easily copy files and information from your Nokia mobile device to your computer; back up the contents of your Nokia device; and drag-and-drop photos and videos to Share on Ovi, the media sharing service Nokia launched earlier this year.
Files on Ovi allows you to remotely access the files on your internet-connected personal computers from any browser-enabled mobile phone or computer. You can also store files online in your Anytime Files personal storage area so that they are always accessible to you. The service is based on the software and expertise Nokia obtained through the acquisition of Avvenu in December 2007.
(Rest of announcement was truncated for relevancy)