Nokia launches Ovi Maps: CNET News Video
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Nokia launches Ovi Maps, a free turn-by-turn navigation service available on all Nokia GPS-enabled devices.
>> Natali: Hi, I'm Natali Del Conte with CNET News. I'm here at a Nokia press event where they've briefed press on their new Ovi Maps. Now, this is turn by turn navigation so that means a voice will guide you where you're going and it's been optimized for walking and driving. They say the walking maps will have things like escalators and when you can walk through shopping centers, which is really nice. Now, the big news here is that this will be free in all Nokia handsets from here on out. If you're an existing Nokia customer you can download this for free as well. Turn by turn navigation has typically been something that you pay a premium for; this is free in over 180 countries. Nokia says that this is more efficient than Google Maps because their maps reload easier and a bit faster. The apps are also preloaded on the phone so if you turn off your data connection or you have a spotty data connection the maps will still be running so you won't get lost or be stuck if your data connection drops. Nokia also has quite a bit of premium content on here such as Lonely Planet, so if you're traveling you can have information about the locations around you. There's also something really cool which is 3D images of certain landmarks that you can see right within the maps. Again, this will be free on all Nokia devices from here on out and it will launch in 180 countries. I'm Natali Del Conte with CNET news. ^E00:01:26