Free Navigation: Ovi Maps Officially Updated to 3.04

27. May 2010 at 13:45

ovi-maps-logoToday Nokia officially announced a new version of Ovi Maps with new partners like  Qype and updates that deliver faster searching and maps with more relevant information. The updated version is part of Ovi Maps’ commitment to continually grow its service with easier and more personal navigation, better performance and improved search coverage. The updated Ovi Maps 3.04 can be downloaded for free from www.nokia.com/maps or straight from the handset. Ovi Maps  3.04 also includes faster searching and WiFi positioning, making it more accessible on-the-go, especially indoors and in low signal areas. Within the last three months, Ovi Maps has been downloaded over 10 million times – one download per second. This is a really impressive figure indeed and reflects the demand for this service.

Summary of Ovi Maps:

Global Reach

  • Ovi Maps offers free walk and drive navigation with turn-by-turn voice guidance and in 77 countries in 46 languages, as well as maps for more than 180 countries
  • Latest countries/regions to have received free navigation are Iceland, Kenya, Malta and the Azores
  • Latest update includes an additional 2 million kilometers of navigable and 281 new 3D landmarks with the latest NAVTEQ map data.
  • In 3 months, Ovi Maps with free mobile navigation was downloaded over 10 million times: 1 download every second

Ovi Maps (3.04)

  • New: WiFi positioning for indoors and low coverage areas
  • New: Faster zooming and faster search
  • The Own Voice for Ovi Maps app available through Ovi Store lets people personalize their navigators voice and share it with others
  • Hybrid technology plus intelligent combination of pre-loaded and online maps means navigation works when there is no data connection
  • Preload the latest map data from a computer to your handset with Nokia Ovi Suite and reduce roaming costs when travelling abroad
  • Vector maps are less data intensive and battery-draining than bulky bitmaps used by Google Maps

Places

  • Ovi Maps now offers more than 25 million points of interest worldwide
  • Thanks to NAVTEQ technology and cooperations with yellow pages providers like Telegate from Germany, Al Wahda from Turkey and Paginas Amarillas from Spain, Ovi Maps adds more details on locally relevant  places in many countries
  • New content from Qype, Europe’s biggest portal for local reviews offers community-based information with user-generated reviews and recommendations on local hotspots in over 158,000 cities
  • Premium content with Lonely Planet, Michelin and events, weather and traffic information
  • Share your location on Facebook

Handsets

  • Now nine smartphones come with navigation packages including free car holder, charger (selected smartphones) and preloaded Ovi Maps: Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, Nokia 5800 Navigation Edition, Nokia N97, Nokia N97 mini, Nokia E52, Nokia E72, Nokia 5230, Nokia 6710 Navigator and Nokia X6
  • In total, free navigation is now available for 14 existing Nokia smartphones:
    Nokia 5230, Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, Nokia  X6, Nokia 6710, Nokia 6720, Nokia 6730, Nokia  E52, Nokia E55, Nokia E71, Nokia E72, Nokia N86 8 MP, Nokia N97 mini, N97 mini Gold Edition, Nokia N97