Nokia Maps Its Future With bit-side
Today Nokia announced that is has agreed to acquire privately held bit-side, a small location-based services software company. Nokia said the acquisition will strengthen and accelerate its mobile development for Nokia Maps. Nokia firmly believes that adding context and location awareness to mobile applications is an important tool for what it calls "social location" services. bit-side will be folded into Nokia's Internet Services unit. The acquisition should be completed before the end of the first quarter.
HERE Maps Updated for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone
Nokia today updated its HERE Maps products for the Android, iOS, and Windows Phone platforms simultaneously. Nokia says there are "millions of changes" to the maps, but calls out a few specifics.
Nokia to Pare Down Its Technologies Unit
Nokia today said it intends to cut about 70 jobs from its Technologies unit. "Nokia Technologies has revised its long-term strategy and will consequently reshape [the] organization.
Nokia Makes HERE Sale to Audi, BMW, Daimler Official
Nokia today formally announced the sale of its HERE Maps business unit to a consortium of three German auto makers. Audi, BMW, and Daimler have agreed to buy HERE Maps for $3 billion.
Nokia to Acquire Withings for Health and Fitness Push
Nokia today said it plans to acquire Withings for about $192 million in cash. Nokia hopes the acquisition will help it make a stronger push into the markets for wearables and the internet of things.