September 14, 2010

New Ovi Maps Takes Off


Ovi Maps

  New Smartphones were not all that Nokia launched at Nokia World. Today, the drapes were lifted from the latest version of Ovi Maps, which is arriving for both Symbian^1 touchscreen devices and the new Symbian^3 family of devices.

Today, free walk and drive navigation is available for 78 countries across five continents and voice guidance is now available on 24 Nokia devices.

Ovi Maps Takes Off

Major improvements to Ovi Maps in this release

  • Visually refreshed main menu and icons,
  • New maps with public transport lines (as a new map layer) for subways, trams and trains in 80+ cities around the world. Just click the map toolbox icon and select Transit lines,
  • Improved search experience - find places and addresses around you - or anywhere in the world - fast and easily. Browse places or enter a keyword in the search box. Now with suggestions and "did you mean?" functionality,
  • New place pages with description, reviews, pictures and places nearby. Interact with places in a whole new way - you can check in, contact, navigate, save, rate, share, report or see place on the map, Ovi Maps
  • Share a place - send a place to your friends via SMS or Email. The SMS contains the address and a link to the place page with description, ratings, contact, URL and a mini map. The link opens up on the mobile browser (also on non-Nokia devices),
  • Check in - keep your friends up-to-date with where you are and what you're up to. Check in to places and share it with your friends on Facebook and many more social networks. See places you’ve been to in your check in history.

 Ovi Maps Check-in

  • New Drive assistance mode with live traffic flow - after clicking Drive, you're instantly in drive assistance mode with live traffic flow and more. Once you start moving, get safety camera alerts and speed limit warnings,
  • More folder with many rich content services relevant to your location. Personalise your Ovi Maps by selecting the services you'd like to keep on your main menu for instant access.
  • Gesture control will also be landing with this new release. Symbian^3 users will be able to pinch and spread to zoom and pan and swipe to move around maps on their touchscreen devices.

  The new beta version, can be downloaded at Nokia Beta Labs and it is only compatible with Symbian^1 and Symbian^3 smartphones. This means that if you’ve got a non-touch Nokia, you’re out of luck for now.The final release of Ovi Maps 3.06 is expected before the end of the year.

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