Nokia Acquires Novarra, Mobile Browser Provider
Nokia is buying Novarra, a U.S.-based mobile browser provider. Once the deal closes this summer, Nokia apparently plans to incorporate Novarra's software into its smartphones. Although Nokia occupies a substantial portion of the world mobile market, it has struggled in the United States against competitors such as Apple, with whom it has been trading patent-infringement lawsuits since last year. Recent attempts by Nokia to raise its customer attractiveness include adding a free Skype app for its phones.Nokia announced March 26 that it will acquire Novarra, a U.S.-based mobile browser provider, for an undisclosed sum. The purchase will theoretically result in Nokia incorporating Novarra software into its Symbian smartphone operating system. The deal will supposedly close this summer. "Connecting the next billion consumers to the Internet will happen primarily on mobile devices," Niklas Savander, executive vice president of services for Nokia, wrote in a March 26 statement. "By driving innovation in all segments of our portfolio, we are building one of the largest consumer audiences for Web services and content. Novarra's Internet services technology delivered on the world's most widely used mobile platform, Nokia's Series 40, will help us achieve this."
Novarra's products include the Vision Browser, with a customizable modular framework and an ability to be customized to specific hardware and software requirements, and Vision Platform, whose architecture offers "open, standards-based interfaces to easily integrate with network and content data sources for personalization and mobile context."