N97 mini to feature ‘Lifecasting’


Nokia has announcing its new Lifecasting on Ovi Facebook partnership will debut on the N97 Mini.

Lifecasting with Ovi is a location-based partnership with Facebook that claims to be the first application to let people publish their location and status updates directly to their Facebook account from the home screen of a mobile device.

Lifecasting will premiere on the new Nokia N97 mini, said to be a smaller version of the N97 featuring a tilting 3.2 inch touch screen, slide-out QWERTY keyboard and fully customisable homescreen. The app will be released as part of a free software update for the N97.

Nokia Nseries vice president Jonas Geust said: “People want  to bring their physical and online worlds together via the internet.

“The Nokia N97 mini is designed for this new social internet and to help navigate people and places. With lifecasting, the Nokia N97 mini and Ovi usher in the next chapter of personal and location-aware internet.”

The N97 mini also features updated Ovi Maps, which in addition to global pedestrian navigation, offers access to premium content from Lonely Planet, Michelin and Wcities, pitching the device as a travel companion.

The Nokia N97 mini is expected to begin shipping in October for an estimated retail price of €450 (£396) before taxes and subsidies. The Nokia Booklet is priced at €565 also before taxes and subsidies although a release date has yet to be revealed.