Nokia developing new social network, apps for iOS and Android

Nokia may have put all of its eggs in the Windows Phone basket when it comes to developing its smartphone handset strategy, but our Finnish friends aren’t withholding all of their love from other mobile platforms. The company has confirmed that some of its software will soon be developed for iOS, Android, and potentially other mobile platforms.

Speaking with the Boston Business Journal, Nokia’s head of Social and Location-Based Applications, Başak Özer, stated that the company’s ‘Pulse’ app – which is currently available in beta form for Symbian/Belle, Windows Phone and Nokia’s N9 MeeGo device – will be made available for other mobile operating systems, although she did not offer a timeframe for this.

Nokia Pulse is a social app that integrates messaging, photos, maps, geo-tagging and notifications, and complements existing services such as Facebook and Twitter, sending automated status updates to small circles of friends, based on your activity and location. Özer acknowledged that platform exclusivity for its software would be futile: “These are social applications. To be social, you have to be on every platform”.

This isn’t the full extent of Nokia’s social plans though. According to Özer, Nokia is developing a new suite of software products “the sum of which is more than its parts”, and which will “attempt to woo users to create a profile on a new social network”. For now, Nokia isn’t sharing anything more about its intentions, but we'll assume that they've done their homework in assessing user enthusiasm for yet another social network.


via Electronista

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Don't they have better things to spend their money on? Like, releasing decent phones to claw back some of their marketshare?

Already admitting defeat with Windows Phone? What happened to android and ios are the competition? These execs never seem able to make up their minds.

efjay said,
Already admitting defeat with Windows Phone? What happened to android and ios are the competition? These execs never seem able to make up their minds.

Someone, you, needs to reread the article. They haven't "admitted defeat with Windows Phone" considering it was released for MeeGo, Symbian and Windows Phone devices first, as always iOS and Android playing catch up.

efjay said,
Already admitting defeat with Windows Phone? What happened to android and ios are the competition? These execs never seem able to make up their minds.

Learn to read dude... this already exists on WP... they just want to make it cross-platform to get a wider audience since everyone doesn't use the same phone.

I tried their social platform a few months ago on windows phone. It's very distinct in that it is designed for mobile from the ground up, and really is simple to use. It felt like an alternative to email with, say, family. But I don't see it succeed. I don't think people want another social platform to worry about.

alexalex said,
I don't see iOS and Android users turn to Microsoft's protege Nokia for social networking.

I don't see Windows Phone users turning to Google's protege, Motorola, for social networking.

Oh please. Everybody else failed, but they're gonna make it right and be super successful!
Can't these guys understand they are *not* smarter than their competitors, and the reason their competitors failed is because nobody wants yet another social network?

Hmm, I think device makers should stick to hardware design to try and differentiate from each other, rather than making a app / service that's got no real chance of going mainstream.

thealexweb said,
Hmm, I think device makers should stick to hardware design to try and differentiate from each other, rather than making a app / service that's got no real chance of going mainstream.
I tend to agree. I don't mind hardware makers trying to make a revolutionarily useful app, but we don't really need another phone company pushing another half-baked social network (Google+).

On the plus side, at least it won't take over your phone on Windows Phone as it will just be another part of the hub and just another app.

If they connect it through the COMBINED Yahoo + Windows Live + Facebook + Skype protocols of Microsofts they have a win. A social network for their devices that also guarrantees social connection with wider networks, even if a customer is not using Nokia Windows Phone device.

Lets see

manosdoc said,
If they connect it through the COMBINED Yahoo + Windows Live + Facebook + Skype protocols of Microsofts they have a win.
That's what WP is already doing. You link all your account on the phone, and then you have hub that regroups all the infos. For example, in the photo hub, you have the photos from all your contacts from all the social network that you have linked.

Oh for crying out loud, not ANOTHER social network.
So now there's myspace, bebo, faceparty, facebook, asmallworld, google+, ping, pulse, and hundreds more.