Free Nokia Maps Headed to S40, Anna Arrives in July
At an event in Singapore today, Nokia announced that its Series 40 handsets will come pre-loaded with Nokia Maps. Nokia Maps for Series 40 uses cell tower triangulation to locate the phone, and Nokia says it is still able to provide turn-by-turn navigation even without GPS. Nokia Maps for Series 40 will first be available to the C2-03 and will ship with local maps installed. Additional maps can be downloaded over the air. In addition to the maps announcement, Nokia also said that starting in July, the Nokia N8, E7, C7 and C6-01 will ship with the Anna update to its Symbian platform. Devices already in the market will be able to download Symbian Anna via PC or over the air starting in August. Symbian Anna uses a new set of icons on the home screens, offers a portrait software QWERTY keyboard, and makes usability improvements to the photo gallery, among other enhancements.
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.
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.
Latest Google Maps Update Makes It Easier to Locate Your Events
Google has updated Google Maps and now lets users access more personal information regarding their locations with a quick search. Google Maps culls more data from users' Gmail accounts and will automatically make event details available to Maps.
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.