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.
Google Maps Adds Mario Time for Navigation
Google today updated Google Maps for Android and iOS with a fun feature: Mario. Once users update to the latest version of Maps, they'll be able to turn on Mario Time for navigation.
Google Maps Now Available Offline
Google today said Maps can now be used without an active internet connection. People can download maps for cities, counties, and even entire countries so routing and basic navigation tools will function when there's a poor connection or no connection at all.
Google Threads Voice Commands Deeper Into Google Maps
People can now use their voice to take full command of Google Maps when in the car. Google updated Maps today and added more support for "Ok, Google"-based voice commands.
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.