Feeds

Nokia snaps up unified address book vendor

Web 2.0 spending spree not over yet

Remote control for virtualized desktops

Nokia is to acquire address-book-on-steroids purveyor Cellity, obviously hoping to bring some of that Palm Pre centralisation of data onto its own devices.

Cellity is a small company of 14 people based in Hamburg, Germany. It produces a product called "Addressbook 2.0", which aggregates data from the usual social-networking services and presents an address book combined with messaging that fits in rather well with how Nokia sees mobile communications developing.

Palm's Pre makes great play of its ability to populate the on-device address book with data from Facebook, LinkedIn, et al. Some users have complained that their Facebook friends aren't really friends as such, but that's a symptom of how those users view the networks rather than any systemic problem. The real power isn't in just scraping the data, but keeping it synchronised, as well as picking up status and presence information for display right in the address book.

Nokia demonstrated this almost a decade ago, with an address book that linked to servers based on the Wireless Village standard, showing how an address book could be so much more. But Wireless Village died and the idea never got developed, until now.

It seems likely that the static address book, as a list of ways in which an individual may be contacted, is not long for this world. So if Nokia are to complete, they need something like Cellity. Whether Nokia can make effective use of Cellity remains to be seen, but there's certainly potential to do so. ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
YOU are the threat: True confessions of real-life sysadmins
Who will save the systems from the men and women who save the systems from you?
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
Broadband sellers in the UK are UP TO no good, says Which?
Speedy network claims only apply to 10% of customers
Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE packet loss balls-up
Turning it off and on again fixes glitch 12 HOURS LATER
Ofcom snatches 700MHz off digital telly, hands it to mobile data providers
Hungry mobe'n'slab-waving Blighty swallows spectrum
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work
You don't want your cat or drunk pics at the office
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence
Download Choosing a Cloud Hosting Provider with Confidence to learn more about cloud computing - the new opportunities and new security challenges.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.