Nokia Launches “Walking Directions” for Series 60 and 40 Phones

Nokia announced this morning at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona the launch of their Maps 2.0 service, for its Series 60 and 40 phones. According to the BBC News Web site,

Nokia has launched navigation tools designed to make the paper street map obsolete for pedestrians. The firm’s next generation of digital maps gives real-time walking directions on the mobile phone screen, just like sat-nav systems which guide drivers. “Nokia is taking navigation services out of the car so it can always be with you,” said Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, president and CEO of the firm. “Struggling with oversized paper maps will become a thing of the past.”

Nokia 6210 Navigator Maps 2.0Nokia_6210_Navigator

What it means: another local application attached to mobile devices. This one is squarely competing against any mapping web site or any site that relies heavily on mapping as a main attraction. It could also be a threat to paper travel guides (see also Travel Guides Still Selling Well, Saved by Portability) (pictures by Nokia)

8 thoughts on “Nokia Launches “Walking Directions” for Series 60 and 40 Phones

  1. This is surely related to the Navteq acquisition by Nokia at the tail end of last year. Also it’s interesting more companies having a taste of the mobile location-based social networking scene😉.

    L8er – Martin

  2. This is surely related to the Navteq acquisition by Nokia at the tail end of last year. Also it’s interesting more companies having a taste of the mobile location-based social networking scene😉.

    L8er – Martin

  3. Unfortunately Nokia Maps 2.0 comes with the same old map loader. Nokia Map Loader doesn’t work on Mac or Linux, and you’ll have to install .net. If you don’t run windows, or if you can’t install anything (like in an internet cafe, hotel, at work, school, etc.) you can load maps from http://nokiamaps.moo.no with any browser, on any operating system, without having to install anything.

  4. Unfortunately Nokia Maps 2.0 comes with the same old map loader. Nokia Map Loader doesn’t work on Mac or Linux, and you’ll have to install .net. If you don’t run windows, or if you can’t install anything (like in an internet cafe, hotel, at work, school, etc.) you can load maps from http://nokiamaps.moo.no with any browser, on any operating system, without having to install anything.

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