Los Angeles -- Finland-based Nokia, the world's largest mobile phones maker announced on Friday that it has agreed to acquire the privately-held, Chicago-based Novarra, makers of the Vision mobile browser and server platform, enabling it to introduce a new service by employing the company's Internet services technology in smartphones. The acquisition turns Nokia into the increasingly contentious mobile browser battle.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but according to the handset vendor, it has accepted to purchase all of the outstanding shares of Novarra, Inc., a privately-held company based in Chicago, IL.
In a statement about the acquisition, Nokia declares “Novarra's mobile browser and services platform will be employed by Nokia to deliver improved Internet experiences on Nokia mobile devices.” Novarra will enable Nokia to offer an better mobile Web experience to customers. However, the Novarra acquisition will probably have little effect on customers in the United States.