Nokia Music Store Arabic due in mid-2008

An Arabic version of Nokia's Music Store gateway 'Ovi' set to go live next year.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  September 30, 2007

An Arabic version of Nokia's recently announced Music Store gateway, ‘Ovi', will go live in Arabic during the first half of next year, a company spokesperson confirmed to Windows Middle East this week.

As the gateway to Nokia's consumer internet services, Ovi is set to include the Nokia Music Store (which itself will include Arabic titles from the off), Nokia Maps and N-Gage games, and will go live during the fourth quarter of 2007.

This will then be followed by the launch of an Arabised version of the portal some time in the first half of 2008.

According to Nokia's Ovi statement, the Nokia Music Store and N-Gage are being billed as, "two services that make it easy for people to discover, try and buy music and games from a blockbuster range of artists and publishers, including exclusive content only available through Nokia".

Nokia Maps meanwhile is a navigation service that offers maps, city guides and more directly to compatible mobile devices.

Speaking at the Nokia Go Play event in London, Nokia president and CEO, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, commented: "The industry is converging towards Internet driven experiences and Ovi represents Nokia's vision in combining the Internet and mobility. Nokia is the number one mobile device company in the world. Looking into the future, we will deliver great devices, combined with compelling experiences and services, to make it easy for people to unlock the potential of the internet."

"We started this journey with our navigation services earlier this year and we are now combining all our services into a single branded offering - Ovi by Nokia. Over the coming 12 months, you will see us integrate new user interface elements, service suites and web communities to Ovi," Kallasvuo added.

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