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Ovi Maps Racing

Posted by jestin Friday, February 12, 2010 4 comments

ovi-maps-racing.jpgWith Ovi Maps Racing, the first location-based mobile game by Nokia, players can navigate and access their location, create a track and race around the block.

Utilizing actual map data by NAVTEQ and the GPS technology of the mobile device, Ovi Maps Racing allows players to create a racing track out of their own physical location, whether at home or in the office *). Racing is experienced with easy and enjoyable touch controls and there are three racing cars to choose from.

Developed by RedLynx, a leading developer of connected games for handheld consoles and mobile phones, Ovi Maps Racing is available for download in Ovi Store for all Nokia touch screen devices based on Symbian^1, such as the Nokia N97 mini and the Nokia 5800 Navigation Edition. ovi-maps-racing-in-n97.jpg

“We had a chance to create a completely new type of mobile game with Nokia, which utilizes real life maps” says Tero Virtala, CEO of RedLynx. “As with previous titles developed for Nokia, Ovi Maps Racing has really allowed us to augment our knowledge pool.”

In addition to creating tracks based on their location, players can race in offline mode and customize tracks within the available in-game maps. The game also includes 20 pre-defined tracks with global high scores in well-known European cities - such as Berlin, Amsterdam and London.

The International Mobile Gaming Awards (IMGA) has shortlisted Ovi Maps Racing as a nominee in the category of “Excellence in Gameplay”. Winners will be announced at the IMG Awards Ceremony at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain on February 15, 2010.

For more information on IMG Awards visit http://www.imgawards.com/.

Ovi Maps Racing is now available at https://store.ovi.com and can be downloaded for free for a limited period of time.

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Opera  Mini on iPhoneOpera Software, maker of the world’s most popular mobile Web browser, plans to reveal Opera Mini for iPhone in an exclusive press and partner preview during the 2010 Mobile World Congress (MWC). Visit Opera’s exhibit in Hall 1, C44, to witness a new way to surf the Web on the iPhone — an experience that Opera promises will be fast, easy to use, and packed with favorite Opera features.

Opera Mini is renowned for its compression technology, which results in significantly faster Web-page loading and reduces data surcharges. With favorite desktop features in its arsenal, such as tabs, Speed Dial and the password manager, Opera Mini is designed with usability in mind.

“We are thrilled to offer journalists and partners an exclusive preview of Opera Mini for iPhone during the year’s biggest mobile event,” said Jon von Tetzchner, Co-founder, Opera Software. “This is a unique opportunity to introduce the fast, feature-rich Opera Mini experience for the iPhone, and to showcase our latest beta releases of Opera Mobile and Opera Mini on other platforms and devices. Opera’s mission is to bring the Web to the world, and by making Opera Mini available on yet another platform, we are one step closer.”

While Opera Mini for iPhone is not publicly available, visitors without a press pass will not leave Opera’s stand disappointed. Opera will unveil a host of other Opera-powered devices at its exhibit. Check out the following Opera technology, live from MWC:

  • Opera Mobile 10 beta 3 on Symbian S60 and Windows Mobile handsets
  • Opera Mobile 10 beta running on Android handsets
  • Opera Mini 5 beta, running on a variety of handsets and platforms
  • Opera’s cross-platform Widgets Manager beta, running on Windows Mobile and S60 handsets

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