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Nokia offers free Google Maps alternative

Posted on27. Jan, 2010 by .

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Nokia Ovi maps

As Google strives to secure the future of its advertising network, it came as no surprise last October that they are now bundling free turn-by-turn navigation software on all Android-based smartphones. This increasing threat from Google’s entry into the mobile hardware market has prompted veteran mobile phone manufacturer Nokia to respond with a free GPS solution, dwarfing Google’s offering.

As of today, all compatible Nokia phones are eligible for the free Ovi Maps download, which includes maps of the country where the unit was purchased (74 countries and 46 languages available). The software boasts turn-by-turn voice guidance, lane assistance, traffic information, safety camera alerts and pedestrian modes.

Unlike Google’s Android GPS solution, Nokia’s Ovi Maps are installed directly onto the phone.  This means there is no direct need for a data connection, which in turn increases battery life, and makes the software an attractive option for those on capped data transfer plans.  However that’s not to say a data connection isn’t desirable, with Nokia including Lonely Planet and Michelin travel guides at no extra cost.

As of March 2010, Nokia will ship all new GPS-enabled smartphones with Ovi Maps software pre-installed. In the meantime, if you want to get your hands on this software, maps are available now from the Nokia website for the following handsets: N97 Mini, 5800 XpressMusic, 5800 Navigation Edition, E52, E55, E72, 5230, 6710 Navigator, 6730 Classic and X6.

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New Nokia mobile services in Asia

Posted on09. Jan, 2007 by .

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Nokia N93i

We’re just all about the Nokia lately, aren’t we? Nokia fans in Asia will be able to use their N-series phones as GPS systems, with Points of Interest and turn-by-turn navigation as part of the free (for 60 days upon activation) Agis Asia Maps application. But wait, there’s more! Nokia has partnered with Six Apart to integrate Vox, a personal blogging service, to enable N-series users to moblog more easily.

Image source: CNET.

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Rumour: Nokia E65

Posted on08. Jan, 2007 by .

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Nokia E65

Rumour has it the upcoming Nokia E65 will be a slider phone with a dedicated button to make VOIP calls. Other specs, as translated by SlashRumour, are as follows:

* GSM Quadband / WCDMA 2100 MHz
* Size: 106 x 47 x 14 mm
* Display: 352 x 416 pixel 16 million color
* Memory: 70 MB (52MB for user) internal
* microSD card slot
* IrDA, Bluetooth, 802.11b/g, GRPS, EDGE, UTMS, CSD HSCSD, POP Port(USB 2.0)
* Operating System: Symbian series 60
* Battery: BL-5F
* 2 megapixel camera with autofocus

With that slim form factor, I can see Nokia with another hit on their hands (assuming they’ve done away with that plasticky E61 feeling).

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Nokia N800 announced at CES 2007

Posted on08. Jan, 2007 by .

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Nokia N800

Nokia has confirmed the release of the N800 at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (news via TechDigest). It’s an Internet tablet that uses Wi-Fi or Bluetooth to access the Internet, and also features a media player (of course), QWERTY keyboard, RSS reader, and Internet calling with integrated webcam. The browser of choice is Opera 8 (Opera is really doing well with mobile web browsing), and supports Flash 7.

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Nokia unveil Bluetooth alternative

Posted on04. Oct, 2006 by .

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Wibree and Nokia

Nokia have announced a new short-range wireless technology they are calling “Wibree”. The connection is smaller and more energy-efficient than Bluetooth by up to 10 times. Apparently it has taken the company 5 years to develop, and it still has to go through a standardisation process but it’s set to be interoperable with Bluetooth. It offers the same distance as its rival – up to 10 metres and because of its low energy consumption, wibree could potentially be used in low-power watches, wireless mice and keyboards, and health monitors. That’s all there is for now but I’ll let you know if I hear more.

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