According to a leaked internal document, Microsoft plans to stop using the “Nokia” brand and to drop the “phone” from Windows Phone.
Nokia’s Here maps application will become available on the Samsung Galaxy Apps store later this fall.
Nokia(s nok)’s extraordinary general meeting, convened to discuss the takeover of the Finnish firm’s handset division by Microsoft(s msft), is still ongoing at the time of writing. However, The Financial Times reports that it’s a formality — 99.7 percent of shareholders who voted before the meeting (that’s 4 in 5) have already said yes to the $7.2 billion deal. The remaining bits of Nokia are nothing to be sneezed at: the Here location business, a division creating new advanced materials, sensors and so on, and of course the NSN networking business.
The Finnish firm may now be out of the smartphone business as such, but it’s perfectly positioned to give Google a serious headache in the location-based services market — on phones, in the car, and in wearable computing.
Qualcomm’s IZat platform, which involves location technology hardwired into the company’s mobile chipsets, will draw on indoor mapping data derived from Nokia’s Here team.
Nokia’s Here wants to predict traffic patterns in the future by visualizing its past.
TwoGo is a cloud-based service for companies that want to get their employees sharing cars to and from work. Nokia’s Here platform provides the location component, helping to match people with likely carpooling companions.
Sylvain Grande, who led the development teams behind the Here mapping and location-based services platform, will start in a new role at SoundCloud next week. He won’t have a direct replacement.
Nokia’s mapping and location-based services suite will be available on multiple platforms and open to third-party developers. This gives the company an OS-independent platform to exploit, and a chance to make the most of smart glass.
Apple’s own Maps app has been heavily criticized, and Google does not yet have a Maps app for iOS ready, so Nokia’s timing in offering an alternative on the iOS platform is good as it tries to build up its user base.