Nokia smartphone program offers mobile internet search
BY OUR TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT
9 August, 2005: Mobile search has beome a reality, courtesy Nokia. Nokia has tied up with leading search engines in the UK, Finland and Sweden to bring serach engines to its smart phones. The phones can be used to search for content, images, news, maps, etc. The mobile search currently on offer from Nokia include services from Yahoo, Yell, Eniro, Fonecta and Medio Systems.
Besides users of the latest Nokia smart phones can also access services from digital map solution provider AtlasCT and digital map data provider NAVTEQ.
Nokia's mobile search solution provides users with convenient and quick access to leading search engines directly from the Nokia cellphone. The Nokia mobile search program is a simple way in which Nokia smartphone can find informtation on the Web and instantly connect to websites.
Said Harry Santamäki, Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, Multimedia, Nokia: "Introducing the search application together with search engines brings internet search to Nokia users. With this application, you can now expand the use of online search services beyond desktops. What better than to be able to connect directly and immediately to the business or service you were looking for! The search application is truly the next best thing to having all of the world's directories printed inside the mobile phone!"
Nokia' mobile search application is currently being piloted in the UK, Finland and Sweden. The Nokia search program will be available in Nokia 6680, Nokia 6681 and Nokia 6630 smartphones. Current users of these handsets can download the search application from www.nokia.com/mobilesearch.
With the integration of telecommunications and internet serach in just one application, users of Nokia smartphones can search for websites, images, news and weather information, apart from mobile content like ring tones, games and wallpapers.
Besides Yahoo!, Nokia users in in the UK, Finland and Sweden also have access to local business and service information providers, like Yell.com in the UK, Eniro and Fonecta in Finland, and Eniro in Sweden. UK users will also be able to conduct content-based searches via Medio Systems.
Local search engines available on Nokia enable searching for local services or businesses - from restaurants and hotels to taxi numbers or florists. Results of local searches display the relevant contact data, and the user can instantly, with the push of a button, call the given telephone number or save it to contacts. Besides, with mapping solutions from www.ABmaps.com portal by AtlasCT and digital map data from NAVTEQ, the results can be shown on a map, aiding users on the go to locate their destination. Nokia smartphone Users can also save and send the map as an MMS too.
If you are travelling between countries, the Nokia search application on its own offers to switch to local search engines available. Users can also change the location setting manually, enabling a user to find the contact details, for example, of a hotel in another country in order to make a reservation for a future visit.
BY OUR TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT