The beta of Ovi Contacts (the service formerly known as Contacts on Ovi, which was formerly known as Nokia Chat...!) has been updated for S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2 phones (e.g. the Nokia N96 and N85). For existing users, there are no major feature additions, but a number of bugs have been fixed and the application and service is more stable, which should broaden its appeal. Read on for a quick look at Ovi Contacts.

Ovi Contacts, which integrates with the Contacts application, is an instant messaging and presence sharing service. It allows you to chat to your friends (instant messaging) and share information about what you are doing (presence). The latter currently consists of a customisable message (status), music currently being played, call status, and location.

While instant messaging is the most obvious function of Ovi Contacts, it is the presence information which may have more of an impact in the long term. Providing contextual information about what your contacts are currently doing allows you to make more intelligent decisions about when and how to contact them. This is part of the thinking behind social location which Nokia has recently been promoting.

Ovi Contacts for S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2

Ovi Contacts for S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 1

Ovi Contacts for S60 3rd Edition (initial release)