On Monday, word quickly spread that Nokia is planning to shut down its Ovi Share media sharing site. The closure, as of this writing, is planned for late May.
The reasoning for the closure is being pinned on a business decision that will reportedly allow the embattled device maker to dedicate more energy and resources to other aspects of its operation and associated offerings.
“The new business unit Location & Commerce, established in June 2011, is now in the center of our revised services strategy,” the company says, “bringing you leading location-based services like Nokia Drive, Nokia Maps and Nokia Transport.”
Just six months ago, Nokia revealed plans to reduce its workforce by about 3,500 jobs, reflecting similar belt-tightening efforts industry-wide.
We have made the decision to discontinue the Ovi Share service as of May 30, 2012. Naturally, we are committed to helping you download all of your content and make the experience as seamless as possible. If you are an Ovi Share user, you will have until May 30 to download your content before the web service will be discontinued and won’t be accessible any longer.
“We look forward to bringing you fresh and exciting services from Nokia and Location & Commerce in the future so check back here periodically for more news.”