Feeds

Nokia's Ovi absorbs WidSets

Resistance is futile

Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet

Nokia's Ovi Store gobbled up the Java-based WidSets platform this morning, as Nokia struggles to build the portal into all things to all men before the start of June.

Nokia is working hard to bring its disparate projects under one roof, and into one brand, with the more-successful projects being last to find themselves integrated into the all-encompassing Ovi. WidSets was created by Nokia Labs and has gained support from a variety of content providers and something of a user following too - despite being appallingly slow to load and often cumbersome to use, it also provides a window on how mobile widgets are supposed to work.

But just like MOSH, Download! and all the other Nokia odds and sods, WidSets will have to find a new home under the Ovi brand.

What the change means is that from June 1st WidSets accounts cease to exist, and users will have to sign up to the Ovi Store to continue using the platform. This means the Ovi store is going to need to be operational by then. Ovi has been signing up content providers since February, but the store itself isn't yet open for business.

Ovi is Nokia's answer to iTunes, with YouTube and MobileMe thrown in, not to mention operator-linked billing and socially-aware recommendations, but getting everything to work will be a tall order. It's a better plan than randomly buying up Web 2.0 companies and creating fun projects with no revenue stream, and it will be interesting to see if Nokia can pull it off. ®

Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL

More from The Register

next story
Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills
BT and Co: Independence vote likely to mean 'increased costs'
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone
No data plan? No WiFi? No worries ... except sluggish download speed
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Turnbull: NBN won't turn your town into Silicon Valley
'People have been brainwashed to believe that their world will be changed forever if they get FTTP'
Blockbuster book lays out the first 20 years of the Smartphone Wars
Symbian's David Wood bares all. Not for the faint hearted
Bonking with Apple has POUNDED mobe operators' wallets
... into submission. Weve squeals, ditches payment plans
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.