Nokia has officially announced its decision to axe the Ovi Share service. The web page as well as the sharing facility are scheduled to be shut down on May 30 of this year.
On the unlikely chance that anyone reading this is unaware of what Ovi Share is about, it’s a data sharing and storage service provided by the Finland based manufacturer to users of Nokia handsets. After creating an account, customers are permitted to upload content. The news of this discontinuation might not come as a surprise to most Nokia enthusiasts, since the company has been gradually tweaking its Ovi services so as to shift the focus on its newly established Location & Commerce business unit. Last year, the team had already done something similar with services like Ovi Calendar and Ovi Contacts.
A recent post about this decision on the Nokia Conversations blog reads, “Discontinuing Ovi Share was a business decision to help us focus on our core Nokia service offerings. The new business unit Location & Commerce, established in June 2011, is now in the center of our revised services strategy, bringing you leading location-based services like Nokia Drive, Nokia Maps and Nokia Transport.”
Although the website will be pulled on May 31, the last date for users to download their data is May 30. Also, starting March 13, the facility will no longer accept any uploads from members. Existing media libraries can be downloaded by clicking ‘Download now’ on the Ovi share page after logging in. While it is possible to access all the content in a single zip package, the company recommends part by part download as a convenient option in the case of those with slow internet connections.
So Nokia Ovi Share will bid adieu to fans on May 30, 2012 while humming ‘Windows killed the Ovi Share.’ Or maybe the Finnish manufacturer’s supportive service didn’t take off and keep flying well enough in the first place.