Nokia has released a new version of the N-Gage Arena launcher, it includes new features and functionality as well as updates to the existing services.
The new launcher software is expected to enhance the consumer experience, and will help create new opportunities for the operators to tailor content to their customers. The initial offering of the new launcher software for N-Gage QD devices is in English only.
Additional versions in 24 additional languages, along with software for the N-Gage game deck, will be rolled out later this year.
The N-Gage Arena launcher, the gateway in the N-Gage phones to the N-Gage Arena, has been revamped to offer even better community and connectivity features to N-Gage owners. New features include Public Group Chat, Friend Rankings, Login Message and Filtered Content.
Now users can participate in group chat sessions from within the launcher. Chat rooms are available 24/7 and open to all N-Gage Arena members. Users may now view new rankings tables that allow them to compare their own rankings against members on their Friends list playing the same game.
“The N-Gage Arena is an integral part of our consumer offering. It is a unique global mobile on-line gaming community,” says Rob Sears, Director, Community Technology Management, Entertainment Products Business Unit, Nokia at Espoo, Finland.
Improvements to current features and functionality have also been made. The online status indicators on one’s Friends List have been expanded to include more information, such as the title of the game that a friend is currently playing and whether or not the friend is available to chat while in-game.
N-Gage Arena members can now download a free copy of the new launcher at http://arena.n-gage.com/launcher.