Nokia informed about completion of acquisition of gate5 AG, a leading supplier of mapping, routing and navigation software and services. An important step in developing the new product category of multimedia computers was done allowing people multiple ways to connect to information, entertainment and other people. Nokia introduced the Nokia N95 multimedia computer with integrated GPS and navigation functionality where its maps and navigation application is based on the gate5 software platform.
Anssi Vanjoki, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Multimedia, Nokia reported: "We see that location based experiences, such as search, mapping and navigation will be a fundamental platform for many applications in Nokia Nseries devices going forward."
Gate5 now advances the Multimedia Business Group's organization as a center of competency for location based experiences in Berlin , Germany . Multi-platform strategy for mobile devices with the support of Symbian, Linux, Windows Mobile, and Palm platforms will be preserved.
Nokia also announced that it has established a sales unit for its Location Based Software and Services in Hong Kong , with its PND customers in the Asia-Pacific region.