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Nokia eyes top slot in software

Nokia, the world’s largest cell phone maker, now wants to be a global leader in new technologies by offering software and solutions to its 1.5 billion handset users across the world, the Finnish firm’s global CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo said here on Wednesday.

Software and solutions will be the next frontier as customers now look for more than a handset, said Kallasvuo who is touring India to chair the jury for The Economic Times Awards for Corporate excellence.

“We are investing heavily in services such as navigation, music, media, messaging and internet on mobiles. None of our competitors have articulated such an entry into the solutions market.”

He said Nokia is “taking a keen look” at Netbooks – small, light portable computers used for accessing internet that have become immensely popular – but did not confirm if the company will start making them.

Kallasvuo said Indians are rapidly lapping up Nokia’s new applications. India is among the top five countries in terms of downloads from Ovi Store, Nokia’s online software and content store, launched in May 2009 in response to the success of Apple Inc’s App Store.

Nokia will soon launch a new scheme, ‘Comes With Music’, where customers buying handsets could avail unlimited music downloads for a year on their mobiles as well as computers.


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