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In a low key announcement, via the N-Gage blog, comes the news that Nokia plans to shutter its N-Gage gaming service. Nokia say they will 'no longer publish new games for the N-Gage platform'; instead games will be provided via its Ovi Store service. Current N-Gage games can be purchased until September 2010 and the N-Gage website and Arena service (online elements) will be available throughout 2010.
You are only as good as your last performance. It's an adage that performers live by, and one that content producers are all too familiar with. It's also the case with online services and content offerings. Irrespective of their future plans for the N-Gage (see here), the next-gen N-Gage platform is still with us. And how good is the platform? Here's why it matters.
After months of rumours and leaks, the Nokia N900 has finally been officially announced. This marks the start of a brand new generation of Nokia smartphones with higher specification processors and graphics, and is arguably Nokia's first direct rival to the iPhone. The N900 uses the latest version of Nokia's Maemo Linux platform, and features a faster CPU and a lot more RAM than Nokia's current smartphones, as well as a QWERTY keyboard, 5mp camera, WVGA screen (800x480 pixels) and a slick new interface. You can find out more on our sister site All About Symbian, and we have some videos embedded below. Ovi Store should be coming to the N900, and together with it we expect some high quality accelerated 3D graphics too. The N900 should be available in October 2009 at an unlocked price of about 500 euros.
The world's first mobile MMORPG Tibia Micro Edition has just gone through the 10,000 subscriber barrier, with another 30,000 users playing the non-premium edition of the game. Despite its rather old client, TibiaME has apparently managed to more than double its userbase since January 2009. You can get the original TibiaME client from Ovi Store right now, and the long-awaited high resolution client should be finally putting in an appearance later this year.
First chart of June, and we've got a couple of re-entries to spice things up. Worms and Tetris still dominate though...
Nokia's 8 megapixel N86 smartphone is now shipping according to Nokia Press Bulletin Board. Outwardly similar to the N85, the N86 features a slightly redesigned casing, kick stand, non-flat chunky keypad, and of course an 8 megapixel af camera which is the highest resolution on any Nokia device so far. Our camera expert Steve will be examining this hardware in detail of course, but just to give the official specs the N86 has a variable aperture for low-light photography, a fast mechanical shutter and automatic blur reduction. The N86 runs Symbian S60v3 FP2, is compatible with N-Gage and Ovi Store, and comes with 8 gigabytes of on-board memory as well as a separate microSD card slot for extra memory. (via ZOMGitsCJ)
Another N-Gage chart, no new entries in the Top 5 so it's just the usual suspects shuffling around.
Another chart, and it's the usual suspects hanging around the top with one re-entry. Worms has been out on N-Gage for seven weeks, and it's spent seven weeks at number one. Can anything take it off the top spot?
Another chart, a couple of re-entries, and guess what's at number one? See below to find out...
Many people have noted that the Download! client now gives a message saying that it will be "temporarily unavailable" today, while at the same time the Ovi Store site currently asks for a name and password to access it. Could something be stirring behind the scenes at Ovi Store?