BARCELONA Feb 16 Mobile phone maker Nokia
NOK1V.HE sees social networking site Facebook as only one of
many partners for its Ovi online software store, and said it had
seen signs of a pickup in the struggling mobile gaming market.
"In general I think you will see lot more cooperation
between Nokia and a number of developers," Niklas Savander,
executive vice president for services, told Reuters in an
interview from the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona.
"Facebook is a good example of a company that has traction
in the market ... (but) I wouldn't put too much drama into this
versus any other partnership right now," he said.
Some media reports have speculated that Nokia and Facebook
would announce a cooperation deal at the trade fair. On Monday,
Facebook was listed among the partners for Nokia's Ovi software
store along with other companies including rival social
networking site MySpace (NWSA.O).
Savander also said he saw signs of a pickup in the
struggling mobile games market, but did not elaborate.
On Nokia's music bundling phone push, called "comes with
music", Savander said it was still too early to pass judgment.
"I think we are too early ... to predict success or failure
for (Comes with Music)," he said. "We are now ... going live in
Singapore and many other markets, and once we see multiple
markets, multiple handsets we'll see the true value."
(Reporting by Brett Young; Editing by Erica Billingham)