[qi:___wifi] Devicescape is hoping to meet smartphone users’ increasing demand for Wi-Fi access by broadening support for its Easy Wi-Fi Network to include Nokia (s nok) and Android-based handsets — beyond currently supported platforms such as iPhone OS, Windows Mobile, Windows and Mac OS X. Given Nokia’s impressive worldwide footprint and Android’s newfound momentum, the move, announced today, should help Devicescape build its customer base in a big way — which will be crucial as the company goes after hardware vendors.
Devicescape said users can download an app from the Android Market or Nokia’s Ovi to access hundreds of thousands of free Wi-Fi hotspots; the app also includes a map view for locating Easy Wi-Fi locations. The San Bruno, Calif.-based startup, which launched its network last month, competes with service providers such as Boingo Wireless and iPass. Unlike its competition, though, the startup is hoping to cash in on the increasing demand for seamless connectivity by targeting the makers of smartphones, netbooks, digital readers and other connected devices.