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Nokia Drive 3.0 came out a few days ago and I’m really liking it. The highlight of the update is My Commute, but unfortunately that’s currently only available in the US. The feature from this update that I really like is adding favorite places to the home screen for instant navigation. It has been very useful while we’re traveling in Malaysia.
Nokia Research wants to take what’s been done in navigation outdoors and bring it inside. Imagine using your phone to navigate through malls, exhibit halls and other large buildings. According to EE Times, Nokia gathered about 30 companies including chip makers and service providers on Tuesday at the Sunnyvale offices to show off their research. They want to create a formal group to set global standards for such indoor navigation services by 2013.
Initially launched for Europe a few days ago, I noticed Sygic Mobile Maps for the Nokia N900 now support the US as well. It is the first turn-by-turn voice guided navigation application on Maemo. I’m a little surprised that Sygic was able to deliver their app before Nokia implemented voice navigation to their built-in Ovi Maps.
The Nokia 5800 Navigation Edition got a firmware update to software version 40.2.005, but it feels incomplete. Kinetic scrolling is not applied everywhere like in the Nokia N97 mini and the original N97. The new Ovi maps with free navigation isn’t included within the new firmware either, so you have another download to take care of if you haven’t installed it previously.
If you know anyone else who makes better car mounts, let us know, because ProClip is definitely up there. The latest device holders they sent for me to review are for the Nokia N97 and N97 mini. Not only are the fit and build quality top-notch, but they also allow you to slide the devices open to use the keyboard if needed.
I’ll have more impressions and write a review in the near future, but for now, feast your eyes on the Nokia 5800 Navigation Edition and my unboxing. There are a lot of things inside the box, but I managed to keep this video short and to the point. Take a look.
Today’s big news from Nokia is that they’re making walk and drive navigation free on their smartphones with the new version of Ovi Maps. These features used to cost extra. The new Ovi Maps is immediately available for download at nokia.com/maps for 10 Nokia handsets, including the popular Nokia N97 mini, Nokia 5800 XpressMusic and Nokia E72, with more Nokia smartphones expected to be added in the coming weeks.