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Nokia acquires location-based Twitter rival

updated 08:55 am EDT, Mon June 23, 2008

Nokia Acquires Plazes

Nokia on Monday revealed that it has acquired Plazes, a small German software startup. The deal gives access to a self-titled social activity app and website that adds both time and location to short, Twitter-like updates; users can not only pinpoint their present locations while they supply a short text message but also coordinate events for the future, setting a future event with a map marker that lets friends coordinate meetups in advance.

The cellphone designer is clear about its intentions and plans to add the resources from Plazes to its cellphones' "social presence and time-based activity planning features," pointing to the creation of a Nokia alternative to Twitter as well as a more direct competitor to Loopt and similar map-based services. Nokia phones have often had access to short-form social messaging apps such as Jaiku but have rarely seen this connected with mapping, which would more directly take advantage of the GPS built into the N95 8GB and most other high-end Nokia phones.

Nokia expects to blend Plazes into its software division during the summer, when it expects the deal to be approved by government officials. The Finnish company doesn't say if it will continue Plazes' beta service, which is currently available for both Macs and PCs but is only reachable by most phones through SMS messages.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Elibom

    Joined: Dec 1969


    mobile LBS: mobil navi

    One example here.

    The US VZW also provides lots of mobile location-based services. One of them is called navigation services. it is about $5 per month. However, as you know, the GPS service itself is free to public and a GPS receiver is as low as $200 with a pretty decent screen and airtime charge. (More decent than a mobile phone.) It is really difficult for me to choose the VZW navigation service instead of buying a GPS receiver. On the other hand, the VZW GPS is a A-GPS/AFLT based hybrid solution under the tight control of the operator. If you travel out of the VZW network coverage, you will be out of luck. However, with a standalone GPS receiver, you have no problem

    One of the best mobile LBS introduction documents I have read is

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