Nokia updates Nokia Maps and Nokia Messaging clients and services

Nokia updates Nokia Maps and Nokia Messaging clients and services

Summary: In addition to the amazing new upcoming Nokia N97 Nokia announced some service upgrades at Nokia World 2008. In particular there are new versions of Nokia Maps and Nokia Messaging. Nokia Maps gives you new features like high resolution aerial images, 3D landmarks, ability to share your location, and the capability to preplan your route and have it sent to your device. The new Nokia Messaging client integrates email and IM (from Yahoo!, Windows Live, Google and AOL). These two updated services are now also brought into the Ovi brand as Maps on Ovi and Mail on Ovi.

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Nokia updates Nokia Maps and Nokia Messaging clients and servicesIn addition to the amazing new upcoming Nokia N97 Nokia announced some service upgrades at Nokia World 2008. In particular there are new versions of Nokia Maps and Nokia Messaging. Nokia Maps gives you new features like high resolution aerial images, 3D landmarks, ability to share your location, and the capability to preplan your route and have it sent to your device. The new Nokia Messaging client integrates email and IM (from Yahoo!, Windows Live, Google and AOL). These two updated services are now also brought into the Ovi brand as Maps on Ovi and Mail on Ovi.

The Nokia Maps announcement can be read in full detail. I tried to download the new Nokia Maps 3.0 on my device, but found out that you need to install it on a Windows PC first to get the latest client on your S60 device since there is no SIS file available. Hopefully, support for Macs comes eventually too since you can't install it directly to your S60 device. Here are the other stated features in Nokia Maps 3.0:

  • High-resolution aerial images
  • 3D landmarks for 216 cities and terrain maps
  • New route overview during routing and during Drive
  • Purchasable turn-by-turn car navigation guidance
  • Instant access to real time information such as camera alerts, safety spots and traffic information for selected countries
  • Access to Wcities event guides, giving real-time information for events and movies in over 450 destination
  • Straight-line guidance allows you to walk the shortest distance between point A and point B
  • View multiple entrances to the same underground metro station

The updated Nokia Messaging application works with Mail on Ovi where users get 1GB of storage space. The beta version will roll out in December in 12 languages and is not yet available. This is a commercial service that will require a subscription, with many subscriptions being a part of the wireless carrier data plan.

I have been using the Nokia Email beta client that looks to now be moving to this Nokia Messaging service. I like most of the features of the Nokia Email client/service and found I have the latest version currently available. You can download and install a free limited-period version of the Nokia Messaging (email only part) beta right now on your E71 or N95 by visiting email.nokia.com.

Features of the new Nokia Messenging service include:

  • Experience mobile email as a standard part of the Nokia device experience
  • Create and access Ovi email accounts as well as cross-access to other Ovi services with just one sign-on account
  • 1GB of storage space and spam filters to block spam emails
  • Full access to built-in push email and IM access
  • Email delivery of Yahoo! Mail accounts to Nokia devices
  • Access Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! Messenger on the majority of Nokia devices
  • Access Yahoo! Mail directly from the homescreen, giving one touch access to your inbox
  • Set your status and customize status messages, see which of your contacts are online or offline, send and receive instant messages, and use emoticons to enhance your messages

I understand that corporate users will also provided with updated versions of the Mail for Exchange and Lotus Notes Traveler clients.

Topics: Browser, Collaboration, Enterprise Software, Nokia, Software, Social Enterprise

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  • N97 Videos and specs

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CpesK7lmMg

    Nokia N97 Data Sheet
    Planned Market Introduction
    ?1st half 2009

    Category
    ?Explore

    Internet
    ?Easy and fast connections to internet services
    ?Easy text input with QWERTY keyboard and touch screen
    ?3.5 inch sliding tilt display ?Live personalized home
    screen with widgets
    ?Up-to-date information via RSS feed?Fully compatible
    with Oviservices
    ?Browse real web pages
    ?Take pictures and videos and share them immediately

    Video and TV
    ?Watch high-quality video on the large 3.5 inch 16:9
    widescreen
    ?Video playback at 30 fps, for a wide array of formats
    ?Play videos, music and pictures on TV using TV-out
    ?Access internet video feeds through Nokia Video
    Center

    Music
    ?Enjoy great audio through standard 3.5 mm jack
    headphones, built-in stereo speakers or Bluetooth
    technology
    ?Digital music player with support for playlist
    editing, equalizer and categorized access to your
    music collection
    ?Search, browse and purchase songs online in Nokia
    Music Store (for availability, please visit
    [url=http://www.music.nokia.com]Nokia Music
    Store[/url])

    Maps and Navigation
    ?Nokia Maps with integrated compass and A-GPS receiver
    ?Multimedia city guides and navigation services.
    Drive: voice guided car navigation, or
    Walk: pedestrian-optimized turn-by-turn guidance.
    (Navigation may need to be purchased separately.)

    Games
    ?World-class game titles with N-Gage
    Note: Features and services may be offered as
    upgrade or for purchase

    Technical Profile
    ?System: WCDMA 900/1900/2100 (HSDPA),EGSM
    850/900/1800/1900 MHz
    ?User Interface: S60 5th Edition
    ?Dimensions: 117.2 x 55.3 x 15.9 mm*mm (L x W x H)
    *18.25 mm at camera area
    ?Weight: Approx. 150 g
    ?Display: 3.5 inch TFT with up to 16 million colors
    HD16:9 widescreen (640x360 pixels)
    ?Battery: Nokia Battery BP-4L, 1500 mAh

    Media
    ?Memory: Up to 48GB (32 GB on-board memory,plus 16GB
    expansion via microSD memory card slot)
    ?Video playback:MPEG-4 / SP and MPEG-4 AVC/H.264,up to
    30 fps, up to VGA resolution
    ?RealVideo up to QCIF @ 30 fps
    ?Windows Media (WMV9) up to CIF @ 30 fps
    ?Flash Lite 3.0 / Flash Video in internet browser
    ?Music playback: MP3, AAC, eAAC, eAAC+, WMA

    Main Camera
    ?Lens: Carl Zeiss Tessar?
    ?Image capture: Up to 5 megapixels (2584 x 1938)
    JPEG/EXIF (16.7 million/24-bit color)
    ?Video capture: MPEG-4 VGA (640 x 480) at up to 30 fps
    ?Aperture: F2.8
    ?Focal length: 5.4 mm
    ?Flash: Dual LED camera flash and video light

    Operating Times
    ?Talk time: Up to 320 min (3G), 400 min (GSM)
    ?Standby time: Up to 400 hrs (3G), 430 hrs (GSM)
    ?Video playback: Up to 4,5 hours (offline mode)
    ?Music playback: Up to 37 hours (offline mode)
    Connectivity & Data Services
    ?WLAN IEEE 802.11b/g with UPnP support
    ?Micro-USB connector, Hi-Speed USB 2.0
    ?3.5mm stereo headphone plug and TV-out support
    (PAL/NTSC)
    ?Bluetooth wireless technology 2.0 with A2DP stereo
    audio, enhanced data rates (EDR)
    ?GPS receiver with support for assisted GPS (A-GPS)

    ?2008 Nokia. All rights reserved. Nokia and Nokia
    Connecting People are trademarks or registered
    trademarks of Nokia Corporation. Other product and
    company names mentioned herein may be trademarks or
    trade names of their respective owners.
    Specifications are subject to change without notice.
    The availability of particular products and services
    may vary by region. Operation times may vary depending
    on radio access technology used, operator network
    configuration and usage. Operations, services and some
    features may be dependent on the network and/or SIM
    card as well as on the compatibility of the devices
    used and the content formats supported. Some services
    are subject to a separate charge.
    Swimm12984
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