Ovi Maps Update Adds Qype
Nokia today updated its Ovi Maps product to version 3.04. The update adds support for Qype, which is a European version of Yelp, proving community-based reviews of places such as restaurants. Nokia says that Ovi Maps now includes more than 25 million points of interest, including city guides from Lonely Planet, WCities and Michelin. Nokia also said it is including car holders in the boxes of select handsets to make in-car navigation easier and safer to manage. Some of the devices that will include a car holder are: 5800 Navigation Edition, N97, N97 mini, 6710 Navigator, X6, 5800 XpressMusic, E52, E72 and 5230.
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 Now Warns If Destination May Be Closed
Google pushed out a minor update to Maps for Android devices this week and added several new features. Chief among the new powers is the ability for Maps to send a warning when the place users have chosen to navigate to (such as stores or restaurants) will be closed by the time they arrive.
Nokia Updates HERE Maps for Android and Windows
Nokia today announced sweeping updates to its HERE Maps application for the Android and Windows Phone platforms. The chief goal of this update was to improve the accuracy of maps worldwide with new/changed roads.
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.
Audi, BMW, Daimler to Buy Nokia's HERE Maps
A consortium of three German automotive makers has agreed to purchase HERE Maps from Nokia for about $2.71 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal. Sources familiar with Nokia's plans say Audi, BMW, and Daimler (Mercedes) have fielded a winning bid for the mapping division, which Nokia put up for sale earlier this year.