Nokia Announces 5800 XpressMusic Navigation Edition
Today Nokia announced a special edition of the 5800 XpressMusic that offers lifetime voice-guided driving and walking navigation licenses for its Ovi Maps product. Ovi Maps normally carries a monthly surcharge. Ovi Maps offers 3D renderings of over 200 cities, thousands of points of interent, detailed terrain and point-to-point directions. The kit includes a car charger and vehicle mount. The 5800 XpressMusic Navigation Edition will be available in the third quarter for about $407.
Google Refreshes Maps to Help Aid Navigation
Google today announced a significant change to the appearance of Google Maps. According to Google, it has updated the look of driving, navigation, and transit maps in a way so ancillary information is more visible, such as gas stations when driving or train stations when riding the rails.
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 Adds Ride-Hailing Estimates to Maps
Google Maps can now tell users how quickly a taxi or Uber might take to get them from Point A to Point B, as well as offer an estimate of fares. When people search for directions from their phone, Maps will display a dedicated tab with info on ride-hailing services, such as Uber.