Ovi Services Converge Further | Ovi Mail & Ovi Contacts Now Use The Same Address Book

The Nokia Beta Labs have just announced that Ovi Mail has been updated to v2.0, and now uses the same address book as Ovi Contacts. You can view, edit, delete or create contacts from Ovi Contacts or Ovi Mail, and the changes will be reflected in both services. The Ovi umbrella is becoming more and more what Nokia wanted, a converged services solution for all Nokia users, which is great for the end user. With this new announcement  you can also now sync your device phonebook with both Ovi Contacts and Ovi Mail.

The following use case is now supported with the changes in Ovi Mail 2.0:

Save a contact and view from device:

  1. User opens an email from a friend in Ovi Mail on the web and sends a reply back
  2. Ovi Mail shows a dialog box asking if he wants to add the person to his address book. User says yes and fills in the entries and clicks on ‘Add contact’
  3. Within a few minutes, the new contact appears in Ovi Contacts on the web because Ovi Mail now is integrated with Ovi Contacts
  4. User decides to sync his phone to get the newly added contact on his phone. User can either initiate a sync from device or from Ovi Contacts on the web to sync his contacts
  5. After the sync completes, user views the Phonebook on the device and the name of the friend and the newly added email address appear in the Phonebook on the phone

You can download the new Ovi Mail 2.0 for your device here.

Nokia Spreading Its Wings | Announces Partnership With The Automotive Industry

At the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, Nokia has announced its partnership with the automotive industry to introduce ‘Terminal Mode’. Terminal Mode is being proposed as an industry standard to connect all smartphones that adopt it, not just Nokia smartphones, to support in-car infotainment systems. Nokia believes it should be easy to share information and content between your smartphone and other devices you use everyday such as your PC and the web. This way it is easy to keep everything synchronized and ensure you always have access to the things you love, such as your music, and the services you use, such as navigation, whenever and wherever you need them.

At the show Nokia was part of the following announcements:

  • Partnership between Nokia and Alpine Electronics to highlight integration of smartphone music and media services with in-car audio systems using Terminal Mode.
  • Partnership between Nokia and Harman Becker to demonstrate integration of navigations services with in-car infotainment systems using Terminal Mode.
  • Valmet Automotive shows electric concept car called Eva that includes Terminal Mode technology.
  • Integration of Fiat’s Blue&Me platform with Nokia smartphones.

Nokia sees ‘Terminal Mode’ as a technology to fuel industry innovation as it allows manufacturers and developers to build new kinds of services by interlinking car information with smartphone applications. For example, Nokia will bring Ovi Services such as navigation and music in to the car via its smartphones. By potentially integrating car information such as speed and fuel consumption with navigation services on the smartphone the driver can get a more personalized and relevant service. He can also play music from the smartphone on the in-car sound system and download driving specific applications from the Ovi Store.