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Nokia just introduced here. No, really, here is the name. It is the new brand for its location and mapping service. It feels like ‘Ovi Maps’ all over again. Remember Ovi? I don’t understand why the rebranding was necessary, but some good news came along with it. Nokia is launching a maps application for iOS under here.
I’m currently at a hostel on my last night in Iceland to sit down and report how well Nokia devices have treated my family during our mini vacation. The Nokia N8 was my main device while the Nokia Astound (also known as the Nokia C7) was borrowed by my wife. I got one prepaid data-only SIM card for the Nokia N8 because it was the only unlocked mobile phone we had on this trip.
You will no longer see the word “Ovi” by the end of 2012. The official Nokia Conversations posted that the company made the decision to change their service branding from Ovi to nokia to centralize their services identity under one brand. The transition begins July of this year. No big changes are expected for the services experiences since this is just a name-change.
An insider told Search Engine Land that Nokia’s Ovi Maps will “replace everything that Microsoft had developed over the past several years in terms of the Bing Maps infrastructure.” Microsoft’s role would be on the Bing Maps UI. This is shocking to Search Engine Land because they say Microsoft has already invested hundreds of millions of dollars (if not billions) in their mapping technology.
New version of Ovi Maps v3.07 is now available at Beta Labs for all Symbian^3 phones. Here’s my overview using the Nokia E7. The biggest change is that they have removed the application menu to Map, Navigation, Check in and Local content. There’s now a shortcut widget on the homescreen. Video and changelog after the jump.
Foursquare check-in is now integrated with the latest beta of Ovi Maps. You may need to match the place on Ovi Maps to the corresponding one on Foursquare. None of the places I’ve tried to check-in on Ovi Maps were listed on the Foursquare venues. The app is still in beta, so expect things to get better down the road. Watch my demo on the Nokia N8.
Nokia Beta Labs released an update to Ovi Maps beta today, version 3.06. It includes several enhancements, but the biggest change in this update is the ability to download Maps directly (via WiFi) to your phone without a computer. Complete list of new features after the jump.
TripAdvisor, the world’s largest (and my favorite) travel site just announced a new partnership with Nokia that includes an app and an integration of the service into Ovi Maps. It launches today in select markets, with full global roll-out scheduled within a month.