Nokia, CNN launch news, mapping cooperation

Published May 27, 2011 02:37pm

The world’s largest handset maker, Nokia Corp., said Thursday the two companies began their cooperation at the April 29 British royal wedding when CNN used Nokia’s 3D maps across its platforms. – Reuters Photo

HELSINKI: Nokia has entered a cooperation deal with CNN to provide mapping services for the US broadcaster while Nokia users will have access to news reports on their handsets.

The world’s largest handset maker, Nokia Corp., said Thursday the two companies began their cooperation at the April 29 British royal wedding when CNN used Nokia’s 3D maps across its platforms.

“The collaboration harnesses the companies’ strengths in global news gathering, user-generated content, mapping technologies, and location-based services,” Nokia said.

“We are pleased that CNN wants to use Nokia’s innovative mapping services for its international news platforms and we are excited to work with CNN to deliver a compelling news service to users of Nokia phones.”

Nokia smartphone owners will be provided a CNN “app,” or application, that will give them access to CNN’s world, business, sport, entertainment and technology reporting, as well as live streaming video.

The app will also enable cellphone users to share CNN’s news via their own social channels and participate in the reporting with direct access to CNN’s news community, known as iReport.

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