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December 2, 2008

Nokia Maps matures with Ovi fusion

BARCELONA, Spain – Today sees the newest installment of Nokia Maps emerge with Ovi integration and stacks of smart guidance upgrades. Building on the context aware roots of the previous incarnation of Maps, this latest version has evolved to expand on the original vision and include more social mapping tools and introduce a new cross-platform twist between mobile and PC.

Maps on Ovi has been developed to enable you to freely pre-plan your trips and organize your favourite places on your PC, and sync it all seamlessly with Nokia Maps 3.0 on your device.

Michael Halbherr is vice president for Nokia location based experiences, and highlights the significance of this marriage between Nokia’s mobile Maps app and Maps on Ovi:

“Nokia has clearly increased the usability of Maps, and now with the integration of Ovi services, the functionality of this service can also be seen online. Enabling Nokia Maps the ability to synchronize my favorite places between my mobile and PC becomes the main reason for anyone to switch from other personal navigation devices to Nokia Maps.”

The Nokia Maps 3.0 app is making its debut on Nokia Beta Labs, and hits the streets with higher quality, more detailed maps and even 3D landmarks for 216 cities, meaning it promises an even more contextual and instinctive personal navigation experience. Plus, the on-foot guidance has been improved, mapping out straight-line routes for the shortest pedestrian walks, alerting you with subtle beeps and buzzes when you need to be notified of a turn.

Another major tweak in the latest version Nokia Maps is that you can now tap into real-time info, such as camera alerts, safety spots and even event and movie guides for over 450 destinations.

Let us know what you think about the new Nokia Maps 3.0 and Maps on Ovi in the comments section below.