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Nokia Cuts 450 Jobs in Mobile Services Division

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Nokia has announced plans to streamline its mobile services platforms and migrate its existing games services over to the Ovi mobile portal. As a result, the company expects to make around 450 staff redundant worldwide.

"The planned changes are aimed at improving and simplifying the user experience of Nokia services, increasing opportunities for third party developers and other partners to create compelling services, and accelerating the development of a common platform for Nokia's different service offerings," said Niklas Savander, Executive Vice President, Services, Nokia.

As part of the announced changes, all mobile games will now become available through the Ovi Store, in addition to through their existing channels. "We believe this will create a better experience for Nokia's millions of customers and spur opportunities for game developers," Savander continued.

In addition, Nokia will add a variety of third party partners, such as other image and social networking sites, to the image capture and sharing features on its devices - which the firm says will make life easier for customers who use 3rd party services and are unwilling to switch to Nokia's existing partner platforms.

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