The usually busy Nokia Beta Labs has another great news for us today. Ovi Maps 3.0 has now graduated from Beta is is directly available from www.nokia.com/maps. The new release incorporated bug fixes and interface adjustments along with maps data updates for different countries and traffic info for those of you in North America.
I am glad to say that the map data for India has also been finally updated and we have support for quite a few new cities. At 65MB, new cities like Chandigarh, Jaipur, Surat, Gandhinagar have been added to the existing list of New Delhi (NCR), Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore amongst others. Please keep in mind that I have not been able to check each and every supported city for India, so your city may still have been added to the supported list.
I encourage you to give the update a go and let us know if your city now has maps. Unfortunately, Nokia has made the support for Ovi Maps currently PC only, as the installation of the Maps application is done through a PC application. However, Ricky over at S-G has got hold of the installation files and uploaded them for all.
In the spirit of Christmas, Nokia is offering a free seven day worldwide navigation licence for Nokia Maps to anyone who so desires. All you need to do is just jump over to this page, enter your mobile number and wait for the activation code to come in.
Next, simply Open Maps and select Options » Extras. Then go to Options » Enter license code, key in the code you received, and okay the final steps. Enjoy.
Via: Nokia Addict
Although this was kind of expected at some stage, Crave brings news that Nokia at Where 2.0, announced Maps on Ovi, a Web component designed to to complement its mobile mapping software, Nokia Maps 2.0.
As part of the Ovi brand of Internet services, which includes the Nokia Music Store and N-Gage gaming platform, Maps on Ovi will allow users to plan their trips on their desktop or laptop and then synchronize (automatically or manually) it with their smartphones. Conversely, if you’re already out on the road, you can record routes and points of interest on your handset and then upload them to the Ovi service when you return home to share with family and friends. The interface on Web side is similar to what you’d see on your phone for ease of use and a more seamless experience.
This is great news, just goes to show how serious Nokia is about becoming an internet company. Michael Halbherr, vice president of context-based services at Nokia, said “now it’s not so much about route calculation (since that part of the technology is pretty solid) as it is about what we can do with the data. The next step is about discovering, collecting, and sharing those experiences.”
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For downloading the various country maps you need to install Nokia Map Loader, something quite improved since the first version but still only works if you download and install .net framework. It also happens to be windows only. Nokia Maps allows downloading maps over the air but is limited to the region you are in, it doesn’t allow you to download a particular country completely over the internet.
But now now you can get them across without having to install anything on your computer or theoritically if your phone has WiFi or if you have unlimited 3G you can download put maps into use without even touching a computer. Great if you are out of town, on a mac or with a Linux system.
This website allows you direct downloads of maps of all countries and here Martin explains how it works. The Map Loader downloads the maps as a zip file from http://static.s2g.gate5.de/maploaderzip/0.0.7h/[NUMBER].zip to a temp folder, and then unzips the content to the memory card. [NUMBER] is an ID, each country has its own. After some analysis and hex parsing one gets to the download links.
Once you have downloaded the maps, unzip, and drop them into the appropriate folders on your memory card. The folder structure is cities with a subfolder called diskcache filled with subfolders called 0 to 9 and a to f, i.e. /cities/diskcache/0 to /cities/diskcache/f.
You can download maps for entire continents, individual countries, or individual regions within some countries. Download sizes range from one megabyte (Gibraltar) to over a gigabyte (europe or america). You’ll need a 4 GB card to fit the entire planet.
Note: I am not too sure if they are the most recent ones available though, still very useful!