March 29, 2010

Nokia to purchase mobile browser from Novarra

It has been announced that the Finnish company, Nokia, has signed an agreement to purchase Chicago-based firm, Novarra, makers of the Vision mobile web browser and platform. The financial details of the deal have not been disclosed.

This acquisition will allow Nokia to utilise Novarra’s capabilities to deliver an improved browsing experience on its mobile handsets. The company said that it expects to make a new service utilising the purchased technology available later this year.

The executive vice president of Nokia’s services unit, Niklas Savander, commented: "By driving innovation in all segments of our portfolio, we are building one of the largest consumer audiences for web services and content." He went on say that, “"Novarra's Internet services technology delivered on the world's most widely-used mobile platform, Nokia's Series 40, will help us achieve this."

The principal analyst at Ovum, Tony Cripps, has said that the purchase makes sense as it will improve the browsing experience for customers on Nokia's mid-range devices and meet the increasing demand for mobile web access.

Industry experts have noted that although Nokia controls a large portion of the mobile phone market, it is still behind the likes of Apply, Android and RIM devices in the high-end of the market.

It is expected that the acquisition will complete by the middle of this year.

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