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Nokia Acquires Mobile Web Browser Company

 7:14 pm on Mar 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

Nokia Acquires Mobile Web Browser Company [news.cnet.com]
Nokia has acquired Chicago-based mobile Web browser firm Novarra.

Eleven-year-old Novarra is known for developing the Vision browser, as well as platforms to serve content, advertisements, and analytics. It previously supplied its technology to Palm and U.S. Cellular. [Official Nokia statement]



 8:27 pm on Mar 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

I see no mention of the amount involved? wonder if this will be cash or stock.

I'm quite surprised Nokia didn't develop their own browser platform. Some of the Nokia development tools involve webkit. Nokia is already quite heavily involved in software development.



 4:06 pm on Mar 27, 2010 (gmt 0)

I think nokia is thinking about depending on free or open source software instead of developing a browser by their own. Making a new browser won't benefit them much since opera mini or other browser will provide same facility also.

For example, my phone is nokia 2323. It's a low budget phone with basic internet and java support. So nokia has provided no nokia browser in this phone. Instead they've provided opera mini.

I think they've employed their software team in planning to develop applications for browsers so that people use nokia phone more rapidly. Making a browser wouldn't force people but an application that run only on nokia will definitely force.

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