LONDON (29 July 2009) – ShoZu Ltd., the award-winning social media hub, today announced the availability of its mobile application for download in the new OVI Store by Nokia, offering millions of Nokia device users around the world the option of two-way interactivity with a variety of social networking sites with just one click.
ShoZu has brought its highly successful Symbian-based application into the world's largest mobile app store. Praised for its consistent layout, intuitive content acquisition process and multiple payment options, Nokia's OVI Store is available to millions of Nokia users in more than 100 countries, with new countries continually coming online.
"It's now easier than ever for the millions of Nokia users to communicate with their favourite online communities, blogs and social networks, whether they're uploading photos, blogging or using other social media features to keep up with their online social life," said Chris Wade, Chairman and CEO of ShoZu. "Our goal is to make it as convenient as possible for consumers to find and pay for our apps. Leveraging the OVI Store is part of that strategy."
The ShoZu app for the OVI Store provides two-way interactivity with dozens of social networking sites, including real-time status updates and uploading high-resolution images and video. Other benefits include: uploading via Wi-Fi (for devices supporting Wi-Fi) for free and fast service; automatically continuing uploads in the event of service disruptions; and reducing download size to save users money if their data plan isn't unlimited.
Users may download ShoZu's mobile social media hub application for a one-off fee of €7 for the life of the Nokia handset, in line with Nokia's commercial arrangement with content providers for the OVI Store. For those Symbian Series 60 users already using the application, ShoZu recommends they backup the application when they reset their device's firmware so they don't incur a fee to download the service again.
The service is initially available on all Series 60 Version 3 devices and the Nokia 5800 with support for the N97 device coming soon. A complete, frequently updated list of supported handset models is available at www.shozu.com and m.shozu.com.
The ShoZu mobile client is part of the ShoZu social media hub service. The ShoZu social media hub service is free for both existing and new users through picture messaging/(MMS), mobile e-mail, desktop e-mail and ShoZu Desktop, based on the Adobe Air platform, that works on both Macs and Windows PCs.
ShoZu is an intelligent social media hub currently used by people worldwide to enrich connections with the people in their lives by effortlessly exchanging video, pictures and commentary between mobile devices and favorite social networks, photo sharing sites and information resources. The company’s patented technology provides fast, easy, one-click uploads of photos and video clips from the mobile to the Web, full-resolution photo and video delivery without compression, an emerging suite of services that push content to the phone, the ability to work in the background even if a connection is dropped, and other unique features that simplify and enhance the user experience. The company was founded in 2000 and has formed partnerships with some of the leading players in the mobile ecosystem, including Motorola and Samsung. For more information, visit www.ShoZu.com/AboutUs.
Sue Huss, on behalf of ShoZu