Nokia shutting down Ovi Files next month

Nokia has announced that it is to close its Ovi Files service from the 1st of October. In a statement sent to Ovi users the Finnish mobile behemoth told customers about the demise of the remote file storage service and apologised for any inconvenience caused.

Ovi Files was based on the Access ‘n Share service that Avvenu launched in 2005. Nokia acquired the company in December 2007 and rebranded the remote storage as Ovi Files, launching a beta of it in July 2008.

The original service required a subscription to access, but uptake was low, forcing Nokia to make the service completely free in July 2009. Just over a year later and it’s now being laid to rest.

Nokia offered no explanation for its decision and merely asked users to uninstall the Ovi Files Connector from their computers. 

It was also keen to point out: “You will not lose any files as a result of this service discontinuation.”

The reason for this is because your files are never fully stored on Ovi Files, but rather an online mirror of them is, allowing users to access files on their computer from a remote location

“You will still be able to share content between your phone and PC using another Nokia product, Nokia Ovi Suite. With Nokia Ovi Suite installed on your PC, you can do the following: sync your contacts and messages; transfer videos, photos, and music; back up your Nokia and update your device software,” Nokia said.

One drawback to the Ovi Suite is the requirement of a physical cable connection between a mobile phone and a computer, whereas Ovi Files allowed over-the-air synchronisation, which was appealing.

Nokia recently announced plans to aggressively market its Ovi services to bolster its competition against the likes of Apple and Google. Pulling the plug on part of it already sends a bad signal to the world which may hinder Nokia’s plans for Ovi. 

Other services like Ovi Maps, Ovi Store, and Ovi Music are still in operation, but today’s announcement begs the question: for how long?