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May 21, 2009

Nokia Shapes Releases Enhanced Ovi Maps and the Ovi Maps Player API

By Raju Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor

Nokia (News - Alert) has announced the latest version of Ovi Maps, which allows users to add personal location based content and use Nokia's dynamic vector graphic maps as a browser for all their personal map experiences.
The latest version of Ovi Maps application offers additional features and services such as the 2D and 3D views of high resolution satellite and terrain maps. Available for more than 200 cities, these maps offer other features such as rotation, tilting, night view, and fly-overs and fly-throughs. Ovi Maps also offers enriched POI information by Lonely Planet, Michelin and Wcities.
The Ovi Maps application also provides car navigation with enhanced safety and real-time traffic information which now covers more countries. And customer can search for addresses and POIs as well as find places and save them into Favorites or organize them into Collections with the help of these maps.
“The Ovi Maps Player API offers an open and easy-to-use map browser based on simple web technologies that can be embedded into any website. This is the first step toward an ecosystem where developers can access Nokia's unique contextual assets, such as location, to create mobile applications that will redefine how we use our mobile devices,” said Michael Halbherr, vice president, Social Location services at Nokia.
Along with the improved version of Ovi Maps, Nokia has also released Ovi Maps Player API which makes use of basic JavaScript to embed the rich and dynamic Ovi Maps experience into any compatible Web site. This allows various popular Internet destinations such as social networking sites to include Ovi Maps which can be personalized with their users' collections of content.

Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raju’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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