Ovi Contacts graduates from betalabs – future development focused on Nokia Messaging ChatThu, 2010-07-08 12:48
Ovi Contacts was introduced to betalabs some 18 months ago. Since then, the beta client alone has been downloaded close to 300 000 times, and it has over 2400 followers in betalabs, who have posted thousands of insightful feedback posts. Quite a remarkable contribution to Ovi Contacts development! Now it is time to say thank you and mark a notable milestone as Ovi Contacts graduates from betalabs.
The commercial Ovi Contacts client is available for compatible S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2 and S60 5th Edition devices through software update, as well as pre-installed with new devices. You can also download the latest client to your device through your mobile browser at http://contacts.ovi.com/dist/app.
It is also time to look forward. Today, we provide two applications that let you access the Ovi Chat service: Ovi Contacts and Nokia Messaging Chat. Not only is this confusing to you, our users, but also inefficient for us. To consolidate our offerings, we will focus future development efforts on the Nokia Messaging Chat application, which provides access to multiple popular IM communities, including Ovi Chat.
To further improve the Nokia Messaging Chat experience, we are looking at including some of the features that made Ovi Contacts so unique among IM solutions, as well as cross-community features that will benefit users of all of our IM communities, and the addition of even more IM communities. For the development work, we will utilize the experience gained from Ovi Contacts development, as well as the valuable feedback that you have already provided for Ovi Contacts here in betalabs. We also invite you to provide any feedback about what Ovi Contacts features you would like to see incorporated into the Nokia Messaging Chat application.
Having had the privilege to work with one of the most followed, used, and discussed applications in betalabs, I would like to express the warmest thank you to all of you who have contributed to Ovi Contacts development.
On behalf of the Ovi Contacts team