One of Nokia Maps’ biggest strengths is its ability to pre-load maps. Once you know where you’re headed, you can download the maps for that city/country over the air or via your computer for free before you leave and you’ll never be in a situation where you’re lost, just because your phone can’t pull the maps via the internet connection.
Needless to say its also useful even if you have speedy data as you save on data costs and no matter how fast your connection, it’ll never beat local storage. Someone decided to put together a fun video just to show this, the real action starts a few seconds in.
It may be pertinent to note that Google Maps on Android can now pre-cache maps in 10 mile blocks, useful, but that still doesn’t let use you those maps for navigation. Google Maps may be the leader in search, POIs, and public transport directions, but there’s nothing to beat Nokia Maps’ navigation and zero online dependency.
Hat tip to ZCJ for the find.
As we continue to wait for Nokia to extend the map coverage to more than just a few cities in India, Google Maps has taken the lead and introduced Driving Directions in India. The slight negative about Google Maps is that it doesn’t provide voice guided assistance but the fact that it boasts of maps for almost the entire nation makes up for this fact. Also, Google Maps is free – you just pay for data connection.
I don’t know if you had noticed this feature addition for the India region earlier, but it seems to works pretty well even if you do not provide the exact addresses for the locations you want to go to. Have a look at the following screenshots for a small overview of the functionality.
On a side note, Google Maps has been updated to 188.8.131.52 which fixes a few bugs like not holding an access point. Grab the latest release here.
Thank you Anuj for the tip!
Google has rolled out an update for Google Maps and with the update comes a new service called, Latitude. Latitude is a new feature of Google Maps for mobile, as well as an iGoogle gadget, that allows you to share your location with your friends and to see their approximate locations, if they choose to share them with you. You can use your Google account to sign in and easily invite friends to Latitude from your existing list of contacts or by entering their email addresses.
The service is free and similar to Nokia’s very own Friend View. Also, Google Talk is integrated with Latitude, so you and your friends can update your status messages and profile photos on the go and see what everyone is up to. You can also call, SMS, IM, or email each other within the app.
To download point your mobile browser to – google.com/latitude.
Tnkgrl has put up a killer video demostrating the new Street View capable version of Google Maps on the Nokia 5800 Xpress Music. The video shows just how easy, pleasing and seamless navigating through maps is with touch and a large screen. The street view feature is especially nice, all in all a video worth checking out if not for the maps but for the promise S60 touch holds.
The two main reasons (apart from the many usual ones) for which I bought my N95 were its multimedia capabilities and the fact that it had an in built GPS receiver.I had always wanted to know where I was while traveling an unknown route in a train or a bus (especially when the train was running behind schedule and the time table could not be relied upon). I wanted to be able to drive around India without having to stop and ask for directions at every crossroads, being able to roam around new towns (where people don’t understand English or Hindi) without getting lost and so many other things which a well implemented GPS solution promised to solve.
I must say I was very disappointed with the bundled Nokia Maps and started looking around for other solutions. At the time google maps was not available in Symbian and it also didn’t have support for GPS. So I turned to MG Maps. Now this was not a Symbian application and was prone to crashes due to memory leaks and other issues unknown to me but it had support for Google maps and GPS and that is what mattered. It also showed me other info like speed, heading etc. on the main screen. So it worked for me for a while, but then good old Google decided to withdraw support to the application and Google maps were no longer supported with versions released after Jul 2007 (v 1.36 to be precise). It did have support for Windows Live Maps, Yahoo Maps also but their coverage of India was even worse than Nokia Maps.
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