Nokia Delays the N-Gage Gaming Service

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Nokia has pushed back the launch of its online gaming service for N-series smartphones to give developers more time for testing.

"N-gage is coming in December. Software testing is taking a bit more time than what we had expected," a company spokesperson told Reuters. "We are talking about a couple of weeks."

The N-Gage service will allow users to download demos of games or buy them directly on a compatible smartphone. Companies like Electronic Arts and Gameloft are developing titles for this platform.

This service will be available at www.n-gage.com, or through an application that will be pre-installed on many of Nokia’s consumer-oriented models.

Just a Part of a Larger Service

The N-Gage gaming service will be an important part of Nokia’s Ovi — which is Finnish for "Door" — which will also allow mobile users to download music and access Nokia Maps, a navigation service that offers maps and city guides.

The Nokia Music Store is now open for users in the United Kingdom. Additional stores in Europe and Asia will come online in the coming months.

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