Nokia buys bit-side GmbH, promises enhancements for Nokia Maps

Nokia’s list of acquisitions has just got bigger today, as the Finnish company announced it will buy, for an undisclosed sum, the Berlin-based bit-side GmbH.

In Nokia’s words, the acquisition will allow the handset manufacturer to “strengthen and accelerate its mobile development for Nokia Maps”.

Bit-side GmbH is a small company (only 39 employees) that provides software and services for a wide range of mobile phones, mainly in the entertainment and imaging sectors. 

Nokia and bit-side GmbH have been working together for some time, apparently on developing and integrating social and location related services. 


Among the latest products from bit-side GmbH is a Plazes app for iPhone. This helps iPhone users to access Plazes geo web services – services which are offered by Nokia, since it acquired Plazes AG last year. 

Another interesting development of the German company is the so-called Mobile Dashboard technology, which allows you to stay connected to Facebook, Myspace, Flicker and others.

Bit-side GmbH is also the developer of PanoMan, a Symbian S60 app that can generates panoramic images of up to 40 pixels.

After the acquisition is complete (sometime this quarter), the above mentioned stuff will obviously belong to Nokia, with bit-side being swallowed by Nokia’s Services unit.

Via Press release

Author: Ilinca Nita

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