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New Ovi maps update

The thing about Nokia World’s is that there are soooo many little announcements always hidden and you have to dig through the news circles to find them and the new Ovi maps update is one of them. The new update is currently in beta and offers improved pedestrian and motorist features. Although note that this update is only for the touch based Nokia phones that run Ovi maps not sure why I hope that Nokia isn’t leaving the hardware keyboard people behind although with devices like the E7 that might be the case and Nokia might start concentrating on touch screen phones.

BTW nice to see pinch to zoom will be implemented in Ovi maps and and she is actually good at karaoke 😀

What’s different from the previous release (v3.04)?

We have made a few major improvements to Ovi Maps in this release. These include:

  • Visually refreshed main menu and icons,
  • New maps with public transport lines (as a new map layer) for subways, trams and trains in 80+ cities around the world. Just click the map toolbox icon and select Transit lines,
  • Improved search experience – find places and addresses around you – or anywhere in the world – fast and easily. Browse places or enter a keyword in the search box. Now with suggestions and “did you mean?” functionality,
  • New place pages with description, reviews, pictures and places nearby. Interact with places in a whole new way – you can check in, contact, navigate, save, rate, share, report or see place on the map,

You can find out more and download the beta here

  1. Brian
    September 14, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    So Ovi Maps for N900, anything?

    • John Wiegand-forson
      September 14, 2010 at 10:39 pm

      No I dont think so. I think we will have to wait for Meego when everything is Qt then we might see the proper free Ovi maps

  2. Rob
    September 14, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    But that’s stupid. It reeks of abandonment. Even the older symbians are on a better version.

    How can we trust Nokia unless they actually support what they release.

    I feel betrayed by them for their level of customer support and the complete lack of decent maps among other things for the N900. Again, great phone, great OS, great OS comminuty. Nokia, you beat BT my a mile for customer dissatisfaction.
    How they can expect people to support their next new big thing then the last next new big thing suffers this kind of treatment.

    • Jim
      September 15, 2010 at 2:05 am

      seriously they said that it’s a step 4/5 device and it’s not for mass market. in a way they said from the start that it’s a beta testing phone.

  3. Nocare
    September 14, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    Only nokia offers free navigation!

  4. Keith
    September 14, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    About the E7:
    -It has a 1200 mAh battery! I’m quite concerned about it!
    -No Intelligent zoom in video capture
    -No 2mm charging port
    -No FM Transmitter
    -No Autofocus in Camera (we all know that by now). If Nokia put in an 8MP camera in a 495 Euro phones, they should’ve put autofocus in it too eh? Also, Im not too sure but the lens is PROBABLY 35mm compared to 28mm on the N8.
    -Only one microphone. So I’m assuming no noise cancellation during calls and video capture.
    -Less video codec support (No mkv/divx files and such)
    -No USB OTG/HDMI cable in the box; have to buy them separately 😦

    • Keith
      September 14, 2010 at 11:59 pm

      in a 495 Euro phone*

      • Zak
        September 15, 2010 at 1:46 am

        then I guess i’ll go back to N8 =/.. just buy N8, use it and when N9 comes buy which i’m sure will have proper support for all the functions.

        • Keith
          September 15, 2010 at 1:56 am

          That is exactly my plan 🙂
          E7 could’ve been better IMO if they improved upon all the missing things I listed above and had put in a 512 MB RAM (considering its a business phone, it would’ve been nice to see 512MB RAM)

  5. Nocare
    September 15, 2010 at 4:24 am

    Nokia is not reluctant to offer big ram, it is not the first time they do it

  6. Ravi
    September 15, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    Its disappointing they didnt include auto focus in the E7.But I hope you understand that they have to sell both the N8 and the E7.
    Making E7 the god phone would have hampered the sales of the N8.
    And considering that the E7 is targeted at business people they will be happy by its features anyway.

    • Keith
      September 15, 2010 at 10:23 pm

      If thats the case, then they should have made the E7 cheaper! N8 is better than E7 in almost every aspect (except keyboard and screen)
      and its still 130 Euros cheaper! E7 should’ve been around 410 Euros. Thats a more suitable price

  1. September 15, 2010 at 4:50 pm

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