If you haven’t heard anything about the viNe before, let me give you some basic information. More than a year ago Nokia Sports Tracker has been released as one of Nokia Beta Labs projects. I think the most successful one of all. Why? A client side Symbian application made the magic of sci-fi feature – live or almost-live position tracking, while Web 2.0 service allowed building the community and sharing your digital life with friends. It really ignited! The application was available for more and more devices, giving users more features like: pictures and video geotagging, tracking you player playlist and finally downloading background map. The success of Sports Tracker made it no longer application for the people making sports only. I think that’s why Nokia decided to create a parallel, more official, project called viNe. Unfortunately in comparison to the Tracker, viNe’s tests were closed for normal users. Only some tech-bloggers and telecom journalist were posting some gossips what is the viNe going to be.
OK, that’s all about the genesis. Let’s go to the application and service, now available for all interested users. As in case of the Tracker, viNe is both S60 client application and a web page service. To get the application and create an account you need to visit http://web.nseries.com/nseries/vine/. It is a good step forward that viNe allows users to login with general Nokia Account credentials, now giving access to other Nokia products like Ovi, Sports Tracker or Friends View.
After the installation application simply asks for credentials and that’s mainly all you need to do! In comparison to the Tracker, viNe seems to have fewer settings available for the users. Unfortunately it also means users need to do some tricks to turn off background map downloading, or other data consuming actions. viNe looks like application rather for data flat users.
What does the viNe do? It traces your location in time using GPS module and records all multimedia actions done in the same time. If you take a photo or record a video clip it will be geotagged, located, and then could be uploaded to the Web. If you have music player turned on, it marks the places where you were listening to particular songs. Cool, isn’t it?
The most important difference is that when you upload a workout done with viNe it is almost like a one way ticket. Currently viNe web page allows searching for tracks (called viNes) described with specific tags, or type of action: music, photo, or video, but it doesn’t give a way of editing it. If you want to do it, please check your Sports Tracker account at sportstacker.nokia.com. You may be surprised finding your viNe logs there too. There you can edit it, rename it, or take care about photos or videos. Definitely a big advantage of viNe is nice consistent user interface of both phone application and, not so light, web page. Let’s see how will it evolve, and if it will as successful as Sports Tracker already is.