Formally known as Nokia Maps, Ovi Maps 3.0 has graduated from Nokia Beta Labs and is now officially available to download, for any compatible handset, from Nokia.com/maps. Nokia maps originally began pretty simple, with other applications offering a better experience without the need of a PC. Ovi Maps still requires you to have a PC in order to load maps (Mac support coming soon). However you can head over here where Ricky Cadden of Symbian Guru has managed to locate the relevant .sis files in order to allow all Mac and Linux users to install the apllication too.
The final version includes support for S60 5th edition devices, traffic data for more countries, weather updates, an enhanced and tweaked interface and general bug fixes. Rafe Blanford of AAS has written a detailed review of Ovi Maps 3.0 and I advise you check it out.
Here’s the full list of compatible devices:
- S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 1 (E63, E66, E71, E90 Communicator, N81, N81 8GB, N82, N95, and N95 8GB)
- S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2 (E55, E75, N78, N79, N85, N86 8MP, N96, 5320 XpressMusic, 5630 XpressMusic, 5730 XpressMusic, 6210 Navigator, 6220 Classic, 6650, 6710 Navigator, and 6720 Classic)
- S60 5th Edition (5800 XpressMusic and N97)
Don’t forget to leave some comments on what you think of the new Ovi Maps solution. If you are reluctant to purchase the licence, Nokia is offering a free 7-day trial here. So hop on over and navigate your way through a new and improved 3D world.
Illustration thanks to: Engadget Mobile