INDIA – In recent months we’ve reported on the rapid evolution of mobile technology in India, ranging from the interesting solutions being introduced tailored to local farmers to the wider positive global impact of Nokia India being a hub for innovation.
Echoing this progression is news of the new Nokia 6210 Navigator handset coming to India, an unassuming device that’s subtly beginning to enforce the vision of GPS and location-based services as a standard.
This is something that Nokia CEO, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo highlighted back in May when he mentioned that Nokia is hoping to ship “35 million GPS-enabled Nokia devices in 2008, which is equal to the entire GPS device market in 2007”. And it’s devices such as the understated non-Nseries 6210 Navigator that promise to make the integration of GPS and context aware Internet services become as common as text messaging over the coming years. It’s that idea of those invisible yet indispensable services again, as here’s a handset with high-speed 3.5G connectivity enabling the fusion of location and contextual Internet info to happen seamlessly and discreetly.
If you’re living in India what do you think to the introduction of the 6210 Navigator? Does this breed of device spark your interest, and do you think it could be a catalyst for greater understanding and uptake of location-based services in India? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.