Nokia closing down Ovi Files service on 1 October

As much as I love Nokia devices and services, I also get extremely frustrated with them from time-to-time. A couple of years ago it seemed like they were buying up as many services as they could with the hope that a global Ovi services offering would provide you with all you need. We have seen several of these services come and go (N-Gage, Mosh, Nokia Backup, etc.) to the point where I am now very leery of jumping onto any service they launch. I hope Ovi Maps never goes away, but you never know. Today we here that Ovi Files is shutting down on 1 October 2010.

Nokia closing down Ovi Files service on 1 October

I used the free 10GB Ovi Files cloud solution a few times, but never embraced it since I needed something that was more cross platform. Thankfully, we now have SugarSync on S60 so that I can share across multiple platforms and there really is little need for Ovi Files. I know that some people loved Ovi Files though and am sure they are not happy about this news today. It was a decision that was probably made after evaluating the cost and the benefit, but Nokia needs to now do things to prop up their name and not frustrate smartphone buyers.

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13 Comments to Nokia closing down Ovi Files service on 1 October

Martin
September 1, 2010

Agree, I used it and it was fine, although very slow. The free 10 GB is really nice, compared to drop box, which I tried also a bit. Probably it was still too complicated for the average user. Todays I think it’s difficult to find a service that succeeds. You see it at Google, they try one after the other, 10% chance to be a hit for each one. Services are important for Nokia, or they will fail one day.

Steven Hoober
September 1, 2010

What was un cross platform about Ovi Files? I used it very successfully on a Mac. Unless you mean multiple handset OSs, which is valid.

Faster and more room than DropBox, and I loved the auto-synch features so I didn’t have to drop, but could access files, etc. Not to mention the MOBILE component.

Marketing was the issue. Had to use Drop Box a couple times, because that was what everyone knew, and by the time I was told about it and demoed Ovi Files, it was already in use.

I’d have spent money marketing for a year before I shut it down. Or sold it? Why just turn it off? Annoying.

mark daniel miller
September 1, 2010

Ovi Maps will most definitely NOT be going away. Nokia owns NAVTEQ (http://dealbook.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/10/01/nokia-in-talks-to-acquire-navteq-report-says/). There’s no way they’re letting go of a service who’s heart cost them $8.1 Billion.

And – for the record – Nokia rarely shuts down a service that’s a “good idea” without replacing it with something much more amazing. I, for one, am excited about what’s to come.

Robert Najafabadi
September 2, 2010

So what does this mean for mac users because we do not the ovi suite

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Geert Jan Dirven
September 5, 2010

I think OVI is the worst software ever made. I completely screwed up my phone and now I am faced with a complete re-install of all my data. The software is very, very, very instable, does not perform and I think Nokia should apologise to all who have downloaded it. This is for me such a frustration that Nokia is off of my short list of preferred phones. Virtual suicide as far as i’m concerned….good luck with the company

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[...] difficult platform to develop for and sell on. The company also decided to pull the plug on Ovi Files last week. Dopplr is dying through stagnation, and Nokia comes with Music is being severely [...]

teletaz25
September 15, 2010

nokia will lose customers if it continues in this way. Nokia lost position and i would prefer an htc with android os. I would be sure to get many app for this phone.

[...] difficult platform to develop for and sell on. The company also decided to pull the plug on Ovi Files last week. Dopplr is dying through stagnation, and Nokia comes with Music is being severely [...]

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