Nokia has acquired Desti, which is a travel-mapping app that uses artificial intelligence, and is a product of the same research center which has worked on Siri and Nuance. This acquisition will help Nokia in beefing up it’s Here mapping platform, which is one of the popular mapping and navigation service by the company. Though there is no information give on the money involved in this deal, as a part of the deal the current Desti app will not be operational.
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Desti’s software is based on natural language processing to help users find content or other information like reviews of hotels, tourist stops and other travel listings that they are looking for. With this deal, Nokia can use this software to enhance its mapping service by adding an intelligent layer on top of the maps to improve searching location-based data. Also Read - Nokia C01 Plus with an upgraded processor and bigger battery launched
Nokia’s Here VP of Search and Places Don Zereski mentioned that Nokia wants to “create a new class of location services that implicitly understands who you are and what you’re looking for, sometimes even before you ask,” hinting towards an integration of Desti’s services with its own. Also Read - Apple’s Craig Federighi admits the level of Mac malware is not acceptable, iOS fairs better
With this acquisition, Nokia is heading to give a tough competition to its rivals like Google Now and Foursquare services.