Ovi Maps, the free walk and drive navigation service from Nokia, has announced new partnerships aimed at delivering more relevant information on more points of interest and making travelling easier than ever. Ovi delivers unique mobile experiences that mix content with the best location, social networking and connectivity services and is the go to-place for discovering, sharing and enjoying lifestyle content and entertainment, all from a Nokia Smartphone.
The partnership also includes Qype, Europe's biggest portal for local community-based reviews, which helps people find new places wherever they are. The Qype community enriches Ovi Maps with hundreds of thousands of reviews and recommendations from locals and travelers on many European hotspots like cafés, shops, spas and hotels, giving the inside track before arriving.
Nokia has commenced inclusion of car kits with new smartphones at no extra cost which makes finding new places and navigating whilst driving safe and easy. Nokia Smartphone users access to more than 25 million points of interest worldwide. The addition of pedestrian routes for exploring cities, swapping the phone from car to pocket makes navigating around new places easier, no matter how people choose to do it. Nokia now supplies car kits in-the-box with nine of its smartphones. A car holder and car charger are included with the Nokia 5800 Navigation Edition, Nokia N97, Nokia N97 mini, Nokia 6710 Navigator, and the Nokia X6. A car holder is now included with the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, Nokia E52, Nokia E72 and Nokia 5230.
Users can plan routes before leaving the house, on a computer or laptop and simply upload them onto a Nokia device to use when abroad thereby, saving time searching for routes when out and about. The feature enables people to use maps even in offline mode which is another plus in the reduction of roaming costs when traveling in foreign countries.
The latest version of Ovi Maps (3.04) is available to download for free from www.nokia.com/maps