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Nokia Turns Off Unsuccessful Social Networking App

Phone giant will try to do better next time

Aug 23 2010, 7:08am CDT | by

Nokia Turns Off Unsuccessful Social Networking App
 
 

Nokia has killed an app that allowed users to post messages to Facebook and Twitter, saying it was unhappy with the app and will instead work on improving its next generation of phones' social networking functionality.

Nokia Messaging for Social Networks was a beta service that offered users a seamless way to status updates to Facebook and enter new posts to their Twitter account. But users complained about errors and a poor interface, leading Nokia to pull its plans on turning the app into a final product.

Some users are definitively upset that Nokia killed the app and rendered it unusable, even if the program was already installed on their phone. "I have only used Nokia phones all my life, but the disappointment with N97 and Nokia's policy against existing products and their users is unacceptable," wrote on user on Nokia's official forums.

Nokia has struggled to remain relevant in the US and other developed nations as newcomers like Android and the iPhone have garnered huge commercial success. Repeated attempts to join that crowd, with an improved app store and this latest try at social networking integration, have not done so well.

Nokia does, however, remain the world's largest cell phone company and thanks to a near monopoly in parts of the world including third-world countries, it has by far the largest market share on the planet.

The mobile phone giant said it would try to implement a better social networking platform for its next generation of handsets.

Via Mobile Entertainment

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