Nokia updates Maps, Drive and Transport: In pictures

Nokia updates Maps, Drive and Transport: In pictures

Summary: Nokia has updated its core navigation apps for its Lumia handsets, bringing new features such as full offline voice-guided navigation, public transport directions and speed limit warnings

TOPICS: Mobility, Apps

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  • Nokia Transport, also called Nokia Transit

    Nokia has updated its Nokia Maps, Drive and Transport applications for its Lumia family of Windows Phone handsets.

    The updated apps, released on Tuesday, bring new features such as speed-limit alerts, and sharing of favourites and other map locations via SMS or social media. Nokia Transport — called Nokia Transit in the US — made its debut in beta form at Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona in February.

    Nokia Transport provides door-to-door bus, tram, train and underground directions in 510 cities in 46 countries. The public transport service allows people to plan a route between two points in the city. Walking directions are included to and from the start and end points of the journey.

    Not all cities include timetable information, but 86 of the 510 do. Nokia said it is still looking to expand the app to more cities and to add more timetable information.

    The app is available to download from the Windows Phone Marketplace for free and, like the Drive and Maps updates, it is available for Lumia handsets only. People who participated in the beta will need to uninstall the app and download the full version from the Marketplace.

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  • Nokia Drive

    The update for Nokia Drive brings an offline navigation feature that allows full offline voice-guided navigation from one point to another, once the map for the appropriate country has been downloaded. The UK map will take up 234MB of storage space, with an additional 4.1MB for the voice guidance.

    In addition, the app now has speed limit alerts to help keep drivers on the right side of the law. The alerts can be adjusted to give drivers audio and on-screen warnings if they exceed the limit by a set amount.

    Image credit: Nokia

Topics: Mobility, Apps

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  • Interesting the privacy (or lack of it) on these new Nokia Nokia Maps, Drive and Transport applications, you are forced to give your location, and allow the Apps to gather location, local Wifi ids. This is then passed between Microsoft,Nokia and Partners to do as they please. In effect - you allow Nokia to gather your Broadcast Wifi Hotspot Name, (the Google no_map appendix doesn't work here) and the location of your house/work etc/on the move. The only opt-out is not to install the update.
    I'd say this contravenes EU Privacy Laws, as your only option to 'update' the in-built software - is to (now) 'opt in'* to giving Nokia/Microsoft and Partners, full access to your location and Wifi info. * - I say 'opt-in' - there is no option here.

    I understand that to relay maps back to me, they in effect have my location, but this doesn't mean I'm happy for Nokia to gather my 'private' Wifi hotspot info. Is this another Google Wifi gathering fiasco in the making, accept this time you 'must' give them permission to carry on using the in-built software - In my book that's the same as them taking the info without having permission.

    Nokia can I return my WP7 phone to Vodafone instead?