Nokia Triggers Google, Intros Free Navigation Service with Smart Phones

By January 22nd, 2010 AT 3:07 PM

Nokia India today brings the good news for approx 25 million Nokia Mobile users in India with the launches of Free GPS based navigation access with all Nokia Smart Phones. Presently the new version of Ovi Maps, available on 10 Mobile phones with more existing models to be added soon. Nokia Ovi Maps is available for the Nokia N97 Mini, 5800, E52, E55, E72, E75, 5230, 6710, 6730 and X6 phones.

Nokia made its advanced Ovi maps application free for all its smart phone customers across the globe. Nokia’s GPS based navigation provide turn-by turn directions to navigate in 84  cities across India and over a million landmarks can be viewed in 3D. For driving, the maps will offer lane guidance, while for pedestrians it even offers shortcuts such as through public parks. The Nokia customers could also use turn-to-turn directions for free in 74 countries across 46 languages.

According to the company, Nokia’s mapping technology offers several advantages over Google’s map Ovi Maps can live on users phone’s memory card rather than being continually downloaded to mobile phone, greatly reducing data traffic and letting navigation work even when the phone has no signal. Nokia Smart phone users can pre-load the maps and then set the Ovi Maps to offline mode.User can also view that in the offline option will be useful for those worried about data connection costs when traveling abroad.

The other features that come at free of cost with the Nokia navigation service include content from Lonely Planet, the world’s largest travel guide and Time Out, for all the 84 cities where the service is available in India. Users can also post their location to popular social networking site Face-book. Besides, customers in India  can also avail digital guide to restaurants and also get weather updates for free when using Ovi maps.

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