Nokia buys Novarra hoping to improve browsing on its phones
Nokia has just announced its first acquisition for this year: Novarra, Inc., a Chicago-based company that develops mobile browsing technologies.
Nokia intends to use Novarra’s mobile browser and services platform to “deliver enhanced Internet experiences” on its mobile devices (S40 devices, apparently).
Novara’s website is down at this very moment, but we can gather some info on its mobile browser, called Vision Mobile Browser, from Wikipedia. The browser has been used since 2002 on both smartphones and featurephones and it supports Adobe Flash and widgets. It’s not clear yet if Nokia will use exactly the same browser, or a remade version of it.
Interestingly, Novarra is the company that has been criticized in 2007 for providing its browsing solution to Vodafone UK and “totally ruining mobile content provider’s income, but also Vodafone’s own revenue sharing income”. You can read more on that here.
Back to Nokia, the Finnish company says that a new service offering using technology from Novarra will be available later in 2010.
Currently employing more than 100 people, Novarra will become a Nokia subsidiary after the acquisition is closed (sometime in the second quarter of the year). The financial aspects of the deal have not been disclosed.
Via Press release