Nokia Ovi Suite 2.0 Graduates from Beta
Today Nokia Beta Labs announced that the Ovi Suite 2.0 of software for PCs graduated from its beta status and will be widely distributed via Nokia's main web site rather than the Beta Labs web site. Nokia also said that it will begin to include Ovi Suite 2.0 on CDs/DVDs included in device boxes to make for easier distribution to new users. Nokia said that Ovi Suite is compatible with over 140 different Nokia models. Additionally, now that Nokia is bringing its Qt framework into the fold, it says it is possible that Ovi Suite will support other platforms — such as Mac OS — in the future. For now, it is limited to Windows-based machines.
Sony Debuts News Suite App for Android Phones
Sony today announced News Suite, a free news app for Android handsets. The app is a dramatically overhauled version of Sony's older SocialLife app.
Microsoft Makes Branding Change Official
Microsoft today indicated its branding transition from Nokia Lumia to Microsoft Lumia is progressing as planned. Microsoft has slowly been rebranding apps, services, and web sites from Nokia to Microsoft.
Nokia Updates HERE Maps for Windows Phone
Nokia today announced an update to its suite of HERE navigation apps for the Windows Phone platform. HERE Drive+ gains 18 new languages with the update, including Algeria, Iraq, Cyprus, and Libya, making for a total of 118 supported languages.
Nokia Brings HERE Maps to Google Play Store
Nokia today made its HERE Maps product more visible to Android device owners by adding it to the Google Play Store. Nokia has offered HERE Maps to Android devices in beta form since October, but only from its own web site.