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N97 Apps By Indian Media Co’s: India Today, NDTV, Rediff, CNBC-TV18; Eterno & Galatta

ovi(By Preethi J & Nikhil Pahwa)

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Media companies have flocked to offer mobile applications on Nokia’s N97 handset after the company invited developers to create and bring their apps to its marketplace Ovi. The Ovi store will allow Nokia users to purchase and download these applications.

But have the news firms brought their existing mobile website designs to the applications or have they tweaked them to suit the handset? Given the debate around free content, it will be interesting to see if they offer the widgets on Ovi for free, as they are already offering content on the mobile sites, or if they charge for it. Note that Nokia, which shared the details of Indian apps with MediaNama, has said that the pricing of applications for India has yet to be determined. These applications are not yet available at the Ovi Store, and will go live when the N97 is launched in India:


India Today: India Today content is available on the N97 via an application developed for them by Bangalore based Mobisy Technologies. The widget claims to offer “breaking news”, “developing stories”, “live coverage” and archival content, apart from a fortune telling feature. For a magazine, it’s unusual for them to offer breaking news content. It would be better for Digital Today to offer a single application for content from the entire group – including Headlines Today, Money Today, instead as well as India Today. Don’t expect users to download a separate application for each.

ndtvNDTV Active: Much like its mobile portal Mobile.NDTV.com , the NDTV Active application will offer News, Photo Galleries, Cricket and movies. Content from NDTV Profit will be available in the business section – stock market information, mutual fund news and stock search. The App is tabbed, allowing users to switch between relevant sections. According to Nokia, the NDTV Active application will be pre-loaded on the N97 in India.


Galatta Magazine – Its iPhone application apparently made it to the Top 20 popular applications under the Books category of the Apple apps store and now Galatta Cinema, a magazine and movie portal, has developed a widget for Ovi. The app will bring over 100 pages of news and movie reviews about the south Indian film industry, primarily targeting Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada movie buffs. It also has a zoom function for a better read. Galatta is a media and entertainment initiative of IT company DotCom Infoway, which has developed the application. Galatta Cinema charges $8 a year for subscriptions in an e-book format.


NewsHunt: We quite like the fact that Rediff-funded Eterno Infotech has developed an application that has Indic language content: the application covers a total of 9 languages, and has a whopping 15 newspapers. Only 14 are listed on the company’s website, though: Andhraprabha,Dainik Bhaskar,Dainik Jagran,Deccan Herald, Dinamalar,Dinamani,Divya Bhaskar,Eenadu, Kannada Prabha,Lok Satta,Navajyoti,Prajavani, The Indian Express andThe New Indian Express. Local editions of dailies will also be made available on  NewsHunt. Eterno already offers this app on Airtel and Idea Cellular networks.

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CNBC-TV18: Live stock quotes, news and analysis from Moneycontrol will be offered on this widget. Moneycontrol’s mobile site, run by July Systems, is available currently to GPRS users, as are other mobile versions of CNBC-TV18’s properties such as IBNLive.com, Tech2.com and Buzz18.com. The widget will be different, with a “just in” section that updates breaking news as it is flashed on CNBC-TV18: synchronised with the on-screen CNBC-TV18 ticker. Market indices refresh every 30 seconds. Users can also search stock prices.


Stocks By RediffMoneyWiz:Tracking the stock market and looking up real time scrips, live market commentary, as well as stock tips are being offered online by RediffMoneyWiz.com, the financial portal from Nasdaq listed Rediff. The application also displays a live BSE graph during trading hours.

Update: Rediff informs us that the Moneywiz application has been developed by Rediff, and doesn’t allow access to portfolio services. Our reporting was based on information provided to us by Nokia, which, it now appears, may not be entirely accurate. We haven’t been able to try out the applications because the applications haven’t been launched yet at the Ovi Store, and we don’t have an N97 to try them on. Our apologies for the inaccurate reporting. In case you notice any issues, please contact nikhil at medianama dot com.

Part 1: Indian Nokia N97 Apps: Search, Games, Blogging, Fitness, Movies


– A Column on Application Stores in The Financial Express by Nikhil Pahwa, Editor, MediaNama

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