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Nokia bolsters mobile mapping with acquisition

Antony Savvas

Nokia has completed the acquisition of Gate5, a leading supplier of mobile mapping, routing and navigation software and services. 

The acquisition of the Berlin-based company will be used by Nokia to bolster the functionality of its new mobile computer range of products.

Nokia introduced the Nokia N95 multimedia computer with integrated GPS and navigation functionality last month, and its maps and navigation application is based on the gate5 software platform.

Gate5’s existing site in Berlin will be used by Nokia as a centre for competency for location based services.

Nokia said the Gate5 technical team will maintain their multi-platform development strategy for mobile devices, including support for Symbian, Linux, Windows Mobile, and Palm platforms.

Nokia is a major backer of the Symbian OS.

 


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