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

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.

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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, Nokia

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  • Nokia Maps

    Remind me not to buy one of these then! Nokia Maps? You have to be joking. I have Nokia Maps on my Nokia mobile. It's the worst GPS around. The maps that Nokia uses, supplied by its own subsidiary, are so out-of-date in many cases as to be useless. I have reported map errors, some as long ago as two years, and they have yet to be corrected. One error was in respect of a road change that had been made 10 years ago. One, roads on an estate on which my son lives, suggests that his house doesn't actually exist!
    grahamft
  • Nokia Maps

    Remind me not to buy one of these then! Nokia Maps? You have to be joking. I have Nokia Maps on my Nokia mobile. It's the worst GPS around. The maps that Nokia uses, supplied by its own subsidiary, are so out-of-date in many cases as to be useless. I have reported map errors, some as long ago as two years, and they have yet to be corrected. One error was in respect of a road change that had been made 10 years ago. One, roads on an estate on which my son lives, suggests that his house doesn't actually exist!
    grahamft
    • Google Maps sometimes has bugs like this too

      I was going to my cousin's house in Charlotte and I entered in his address, but after 5 hours of driving, Google Maps brought me to a wrong house but the address said that it was my cousin's house. Needless to say I had a data plan and I looked on MapQuest and got the right directions. So you see, it isn't only Nokia Drive (is that the same thing as Nokia Maps?) isn't the only mapping service provider that has these issues.
      Jabe124
  • How exactly do you figure MS into this?

    Other than being another Nokia maps customer.
    Johnny Vegas
  • What about nook

    I thought this would be more likely for Nook because of the "agreement and investment from MS"
    calfee20
  • Nokia Maps

    Nokia is a great company and NokIa's maps are great, although I switched to Samsung Glaxy S3 first in 20 years , hope Nokia will bring some killer application with windows 8 so I can switched back to Nokia
    zk5204@...