Nokia opens up VR technologies to partners

In October last year, Nokia Technologies announced that they are stopping the development of Nokia OZO camera hardware and shifting focus to licensing VR technology. About 300 people departed from Nokia thanks to this business decision, that Nokia explained as a consequence of slower-than-expected development of the VR market.

Now, Nokia did another step in their new plan, after licensing OZO Audio to HMD, and offered licenses for their other OZO products. In a Jolla-like story, former Nokia Technologies employees that worked on OZO founded a new company called Imevo and Nokia licensed the OZO Live software to them so they can keep on developing it. Company Wowza got the “OZO Deliver” specifications “to allow industry partners to support best-in-class VR experiences with viewport adaptive streaming.”

Another thing that came out from OZO, as Nokia mentioned in their OZO Blog, is that they made significant contributions to standardization of VR formats and they will continue to do so in 2018.

To learn more about these partnerships, check Nokia’s official OZO blog.

  • Still no mention of OZO video or photo for mobile devices. It would be interesting to see photo improvements that OZO team brought for their camera.

    • Muerte

      Well, they did say that “OZO Audio is the first technology offering we are now bringing to market, but it’s just the beginning. Stay tuned for more to come.”

      So one could assume that there will be something image-related as well. AI assisted image enhancements etc…

      • probably, and this is great way for Nokia to push/monetize its new developed technologies.