Nokia acquires mobile browsing company

The Finnish phone manufacturer is looking to push mobile Internet in emerging markets, says analyst

Nokia on Friday said it will acquire Novarra, a privately-held company based in Chicago that specializes in mobile browsing.

Novarra's technology, which can compress and reformat Web sites for phones that can't display them in their native form, will be used to improve the mobile Web experience on Nokia's cheaper phones, including devices based on the Series 40 platform, according to a statement from the Finnish company. The first results are expected to become available later this year, Nokia said, without providing more details.

The acquisition is seen as a way for Nokia to push mobile Internet access in emerging markets. In the developed part of the world, mobile Internet access is growing thanks to the increased popularity of smartphones, but that's not going to be the case in emerging markets, according to Jonathan Arber, senior research analyst at IDC. In emerging markets, phone manufacturers and operators need to bring Internet access and Internet services to cheaper devices, which is what it looks like Nokia wants to do, Arber said.

Nokia isn't providing any financial details of the deal, but the acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of 2010. Novarra and its more than 100 employees will then become a subsidiary of Nokia.

The mobile browsing space has heated up significantly in the last couple of months. Just this week Opera Software submitted the iPhone version of its Mini browser to Apple for App Store approval. Also, Mozilla said it has decided to stop the development of a version of its Firefox mobile Web browser for phones running Windows Mobile. It will instead concentrate on an upcoming version of Firefox for Android-based phones, and on the existing version of the browser for Maemo, the operating system used in Nokia's N900.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Nokiasmartphones

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Mikael Ricknäs

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Essentials

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?