Nokia releases News.24 widget

Ovi store gets first local widget

August 19, 2009

Ovi store gets first local widget

Following the recent local launch of Nokia’s Ovi store Nokia South Africa has partnered with to deliver the first local widget.

“Consumers have been calling for local applications and widgets to be made available to enhance their Nokia experience,” says Helen Jarvis, Nokia’s services marketing manager. “News24 is the first local widget which is available for Nokia devices, specifically the Nokia N97, and can be downloaded for free from”

A widget is essentially a shortcut key which can be downloaded onto a mobile device enabling users to get access to real time content.

“In order to ensure that we continue to offer users a rewarding and sustainable consumer experience, it is crucial that we partner with top local brands such as News24.  At Nokia we are committed to providing solutions that allow our consumers to personalise their devices and services according their needs and as a result of this we are constantly looking to collaborate with other best-of-breed partners to make this a reality,” says Jarvis. “Working with News24 has been a very positive experience and we are looking forward to partnering with other key local players in the future.”

Jannie Momberg, News24 Editor says that the availability of the widget on the Nokia N97 enhances News24’s position as South Africa’s leading and most accessible digital news brand.  “This widget gives South Africans another convenient channel to access  News24’s content and, with the Nokia N97 mobile bringing the internet to users who may not have PC access,  the widget offers News24 to an exciting new market segment.