Ovi Share had a soft launch a week back and I have just finished watching the Ovi Share demonstration at MWC and well my initial skepticism is somewhat gone. One of the things at the back of my mind was why make Ovi when there was already flickr and youtube and other services such as these. Nokia maintains that it will continue to support these services even after the roll out, odd at first but it does stand to reason. People have been using these services for a long time now and to tell them that sorry, these arn’t supported anymore would be suicide.
What Nokia has done is gone ahead and said, people use whatever you want to but here is our service which we will try and make better by the day in addition to giving us seamless connectivity from pretty much anything with a browser. From the initial impression I got of Ovi Share I thing they might just be able to pull it off!
Here are a few highlights:
– Unlimited photo storage and no uploading limits; flickr restricts us to 100 MB a month.
– Seamless integration and a one click upload directly from the mobile with the ability to tag, add captions.
– Other people who are not members of Ovi being able to contribute photos and video with a simple email.
– Community featutes with the usual comments and links.
– A special mobile optimised website for times on the go.
The best part is that it is available now! Just refresh for services in the Share Online client 3.0 and you should find Ovi. Give it a spin and let me know what you think, I’ll get back home give it a spin too and update my initial thoughts!