Nokia Buys Navigation Company
Sep 1, 2006, 2:46 PM by (staff)
Nokia yesterday announced it has purchased Gate5, a company that provides navigation software and data. Gate5 provides software for Symbian as well as a number of handheld platforms including Windows Mobile, Palm and Linux. Their software and travel guides also power well known GPS platforms like TomTom. Nokia intends to bring Gate5 navigation to devices like NSeries smartphones and the 770 internet tablet, but will allow the company to remain independent and develop new products for all platforms. Gate5 is working on a hybrid mapping platform that allows you to cache new maps over the air before they are needed, or request them while on a new route instead of having to preload them from a PC.
TomTom Parks New Nav App in Google Play Store
TomTom today released a new version of its navigation service for Android devices. TomTom Go Mobile boasts up-to-date maps for more than 100 countries with support for offline viewing, live traffic updates, safety camera locations, points of interest, and seamless syncing with contacts.
HERE Maps Updated for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone
Nokia today updated its HERE Maps products for the Android, iOS, and Windows Phone platforms simultaneously. Nokia says there are "millions of changes" to the maps, but calls out a few specifics.
Google Maps Transit Navigation Adds Wheelchair-Compatible Routes
Google today updated Google Maps public transit navigation with support for wheelchairs. The company asked its Local Guides to begin adding wheelchair/accessibility data to Maps last fall.
Apple Buys Another Navigation Company
Apple confirmed that it has acquired a small, high-precision navigation company called Coherent Navigation. "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time," said the company in a statement, "and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans." Apple did not say when it bought Coherent, and neither did it say how much it paid for the company.
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