Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Digital maps on the mobile phone

It seems like the next major step in mobile phone hardware is in navigation tools and digital mapping as you walk. Nokia is stepping into this arena big time:

The firm's next generation of digital maps gives real-time walking directions on the mobile phone screen, just like sat-nav systems which guide drivers. "Nokia is taking navigation services out of the car so it can always be with you," said Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, president and CEO of the firm.

"Struggling with oversized paper maps will become a thing of the past."

Nokia's Maps 2.0, for its Series 60 and 40 phones, is part of the firm's push into location and context-aware technologies.

Mr Kallasvuo said: "Navigation is one of the foundations of the context-aware mobile phone. We believe it will be as important as voice capability was 20 years ago.

Read full article - 'Nokia aiming to banish paper maps'

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