Thursday, January 21, 2010

Nokia takes on Google with free navigation app | Signal Strength - CNET News

The GPS device/service market takes another hit from Google-related competition

Nokia is making its navigation service free to all GPS-enabled Nokia devices in a move that will help the company better compete in the smartphone market against the likes of Apple and Google.

Starting Thursday, Nokia users will be able to download for free the client that enables GPS phones to get Ovi Maps and Navigation, as well as, various city guides on their phones. Nokia has been offering the maps and navigation service for more than two years. After its acquisition of Navteq announced in 2007, it enhanced the service by adding turn-by-turn pedestrian navigation. And it added premium content from partners, such as Lonely Planet.

Nokia takes on Google with free navigation app | Signal Strength - CNET News

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