Nokia Maps may provide mapping and GPS navigation on new Amazon Kindle Fire

Summary:Amazon sold out of the Kindle Fire and next week it is likely they will announce the successor. There are now rumors that Amazon will include Nokia Maps on this Android device, a first for Nokia and Microsoft.

Yesterday we heard that the Kindle Fire was sold out while Amazon is making an announcement at the end of next week, likely for the next Kindle Touch and Kindle Fire. Another rumor appeared last night stating that Nokia Maps is coming to the Amazon Kindle and if you recall, Microsoft's Bing Maps is powered by Nokia Maps and NAVTEQ so it appears the relationship between Microsoft and Amazon is growing a bit stronger. The Kindle Fire is powered by Android and until now we only saw Nokia Maps on Symbian, MeeGo, and Windows Phone devices so this news that it may be coming to Android is quite interesting.

The Google Nexus 7 comes with GPS and support for Google Maps so it makes sense that the new Kindle Fire launches with a GPS navigation solution that should make it an even more compelling device. If Amazon can also launch with a nice car mounting solution, they can market the new Kindle Fire as an in-car navigation device as well as an ebook reader and multimedia machine.

I have been a Nokia Maps fan for years and often travel outside the country with a Nokia smartphone preloaded with maps from that country. I would love to see the new Kindle Fire support offline GPS navigation with the ability to preload maps for countries so you could use the device without an active connection. Nokia Maps is the best service that Nokia has ever created and bringing this power to the Amazon Kindle is a major deal. Keep in mind, at this point this is all just a rumor and we will have to wait until next week to hear more about the next Kindle Fire.

Topics: Mobility, Amazon, Microsoft


Matthew Miller started using mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host, with ZDNet's Kevin Tofel, of the MobileTechRoundup podcast and an author of three Wiley Companion series books. Matthew started using mobile devices with a US Robotics Pilot 1000 and has owned more than 2... Full Bio

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