Sunday, February 18, 2007

Nseries phone soon to be compatible with Youtube

YouTube on-the-go coming soon to high-end Nokia handsets

Nokia today announced an agreement with Google to bring YouTube videos to the Nokia Nseries. YouTube videos are to be accessible via a phone’s Web browser through the upcoming YouTube Mobile site.

"We are thrilled to be giving users easy access to entertaining YouTube videos anytime and anywhere. By partnering with an industry leader like Nokia, we're able to bring YouTube videos to mobile phone users worldwide," said Steve Chen, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer for YouTube.

Along with AVC video format compatibility, the YouTube Mobile site enables viewing of videos in Nokia Web browser in a similar way as users are used to with PC Web browsers.

"Our cooperation with YouTube paves the way for continued growth for internet based content distribution. Enabling people to have access to a wide range of videos on their connected multimedia computers offers great potential for this area," said Torsti Tenhunen, Director, Multimedia, Nokia. "Also, Nokia Video Center offers content producers and distributors a unique way to lead consumers directly to dynamic video services which can easily be produced and tailored for various interests."

Nokia Video Center will first be preinstalled in the Nokia N95 device and thereafter in most of the new Nseries devices. Nokia Video Center will also be available as download version for selected compatible S60 devices.

Last week, Europe’s largest mobile carrier Vodaphone announced its own partnership with YouTube to allow its handset customers to view and upload content the popular online video sharing web site. Stateside, select YouTube videos are featured on Verizon Wireless’ Vcast service. YouTube’s agreement with Nokia moves video content exclusivity away from specific carrier companies, allowing for users with able Nseries handsets (and data plans) to view videos regardless of wireless provider.

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