Nokia announces free Navigation with Ovi Maps

Posted: May 16, 2010 in Tech

Nokia Philippine recently showcased Ovi Maps with free voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation, and an in-car holder for an even better and easier navigation experience. Ovi Maps takes you where you want to be and shows you what you want see, with navigable maps for over 70 countries worldwide.

Five key features of Ovi Maps:

1. No hidden costs
The new version of Ovi Maps comes with all the maps and high-end, car grade navigation features you need for free and is yours to keep for the life of the smartphone. No additional licenses needed for extra countries, regions or services like traffic information or city guides. Data charges from network operators may apply.

2. Best global coverage
You take your mobile with you wherever you go in the world so, as standard, voice guided navigation for both pedestrians and drivers is available for 74 countries in 46 different languages and there are maps for over 180 countries. This gives you the best maps with the largest global coverage for free.

3. No network connection required when navigating
Avoid expensive, battery-draining network connections with Nokia’s unique hybrid technology. Maps can be pre-loaded on to your Nokia smartphone so you can set Ovi Maps to offline mode, saving battery power, and the navigation system will still work. This is particularly useful for those worried about data connection costs when travelling abroad or when you are travelling through areas with little or no network coverage.

4. Unique hybrid technology
Ovi Maps is built on an advanced technology called hybrid vector maps. Vector maps are high quality but less data intensive and allow you to continue to navigate even if you lose your network connection. This means that maps downloaded or updated across a network connection are about half the size of bulky bitmaps used by other mobile map providers. The hybrid technology ensures that, unlike other providers, any downloaded map data is stored on the device for future use.

5. Voice guidance & traffic information
Turn-by-turn, voice guided navigation comes free for both drivers and pedestrians. For drivers this includes lane assistance, traffic information, safety camera and speed warnings. For pedestrians this includes shortcuts through parks and pedestrian-only zones for over 100 cities around the world as well as 6000 3D landmarks in over 200 cities to help you find exactly where you are.

Mapping data is available for over 180 countries, voice navigation for pedestrians and drivers in 74 countries, and there are 46 languages supported. Even if you turn off the data connection – such as to avoid roaming charges – the mapping functionality will still operate, since everything is locally cached. Link in your Facebook account and every update you make from your Nokia handset can have geographical information added.

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