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Nokia makes worldwide walk and drive navigation free on its smartphones
Posted on 22-Jan-2010 09:07 | Filed under: News

Nokia has announced that walk and drive navigation is now free on its smartphones as part of a new version of Ovi Maps, which will include all essential car and pedestrian navigation features such as turn-by-turn voice guidance for 74 countries in 46 languages, traffic information for more than 10 countries, as well as detailed maps for more than 180 countries.

“We want to make using your mobile for navigation as familiar as using it to send a text or take a picture. We believe that making the best maps with voice guided navigation available for free will be the catalyst to do this,” explained Anssi Vanjoki, Executive Vice President, Nokia.

"Why have multiple devices that work in only one country or region? Put it all together, make it free, make it global and you have something that is truly useful and can help you get around almost any city in the world whether you’re on foot or driving.”

The company pointed out five key features that sets Ovi Maps apart from other navigation providers for mobile smartphones, with no hidden costs being the key differentiator. The new version of Ovi Maps comes with all the maps and high-end car grade navigation features consumers need. The software is free and requires no additional licenses for extra countries, regions or services like traffic information or city guides.

Unlike the Google Maps solution, no network connection is required when navigating. It means consumers can avoid network connections with Nokia’s hybrid technology. Maps can be pre-loaded on to their Nokia smartphone so they can set Ovi Maps to offline mode, saving battery power and mobile data, while their navigation system still works. This is particularly useful for those worried about data connection costs when travelling overseas or through areas with limited network coverage.

Turn-by-turn, voice guided navigation comes free for both drivers and pedestrians. For drivers this includes lane assistance, traffic information, safety cameras and speed warnings. For pedestrians, this includes shortcuts through parks and pedestrian-only zones for more than 100 cities around the world, as well as 6,000 3D landmarks in more than 200 cities to help people find exactly where they are.

Ovi Maps is immediately available for download on ten Nokia handsets, including the Nokia N97 mini, Nokia 5800 XpressMusic and Nokia E72, with more Nokia smartphones expected to be added in coming weeks. Current owners of Nokia smartphones that are compatible with the new Ovi Maps can download it free of charge.

From March 2010, new Nokia GPS-enabled smartphones will include the new version of Ovi Maps, preloaded with local country map data, high-end walk and drive navigation and access to Lonely Planet and Michelin travel guides at no extra cost.

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