Remember that mysterious Ovi Browser thing that Nokia has set up a Twitter account for, and also created password protected download pages on it’s site?
What the heck is it? Could Nokia be working on it’s own desktop Internet browser? And what would be the point of such browser?
I can’t answer the last question yet. But now I can confirm that Nokia is indeed readying the release of the new desktop Internet browser called, you guessed it – OVI Browser.
The confirmation comes from none other, then the biggest Nokia security service bogeyman – Eldar Murtazin, who says that he now got some playtime with the beta version of OVI browser.
(Update: If you Google translated the linked Eldar’s post – he never mentions Nokia or OVI Browser by name. I guess with all the legal stuff between him and Nokia right now, he’s a bit more careful naming names where Nokia can accuse him of “stealing trade secrets”. But from the way he talks about the browser from “market mastodon”, connecting to “all time best app store, calendar, contacts and mail..”, and the way he wrote about Nokia before – there’s nothing else he can be talking about).
OVI browser is a WebKit based desktop Internet browser, optimized for the use of OVI services. That includes close integration with OVI Store, and direct access to OVI calendar, contacts, mail and other OVI services.
I’ll have to wait until OVI Browser is launched, and also hear the Nokia’s side of the story of why they think they need their own browser, to decide whether it’s a good idea or not.
But I must say – they will have to surprise me a lot to make me a believer. Right now Nokia OVI Browser raises much more questions and doubts, then excited anticipation. Do they really think they will be able to compete with Google, Firefox, Microsoft, Apple and Opera in desktop browsers?
Unless, Nokia is on the way of scrapping it’s Nokia and OVI Suites, and is moving to web standards for managing their phones. Now that, if implemented well, will make at a lot of sense.
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