Sports Tracker example. A Mobile App Show- testing the best smart-phone apps in the real world. Lady Geek TV (ladygeektv) Vidéos publiées par Nokia UK : Lady Geek App Show on Health and Fitness [HD] Introduction to Sports Tracker. Sports Tracker. Nokia viNe. Plazes. Nokia viNe Concept Viral. Nokia UK Ovi Maps – Features. Nokia Launches Free Turn-By-Turn Navigation Around The World. For the past few days, Nokia has been trying to get everyone excited about.. something.
They piqued our interests by sending out press event invites (for separate events in the UK and the US, no less), then revved the hype machine with a good ol’ fashion countdown timer. The US announcement is still a few hours away, but they just pulled back the curtain over in the UK — and while we can’t say for certain, I’m pretty sure the talk of the event will be the same on this side of the pond. The big secret? Free turn-by-turn navigation is now available for roughly 20 million Nokia handsets around the world. To dive a bit deeper into that “20 million.. handsets” number, we’re talking about users speaking 46 different languages across 74 different countries. Nokia To Bring Free, Global Turn-By-Turn Navigation to its Smart. Update: The download link for the free navigation is now live on Nokia's site.
For the list of compatible devices, go here. Another important thing: Navigation works offline, which is great if you want to avoid international roaming charges. There's no denying it anymore: GPS is becoming a free service. It all started with Google Earth and Google Maps, which offered detailed satellite imagery of Earth for free; then, the iPhone and other smartphones started coming out with GPS chips, and GPS navigation (together with other location-based services) became one of the most important features on smartphones. Then, Google dealt a blow to companies like TomTom and Garmin, offering free turn-by-turn GPS navigation on Android smartphones. With New Ovi Maps, Nokia Seeks Location Heaven. Nokia's Ovi Maps In an attempt to ward off competition from the likes of Google, Nokia, the largest maker of mobile phones, has released the latest version of its Ovi Maps software and made the app available for free.
Nokia, despite an early start in the mobile phone-focused maps and navigation space, has lost attention to Google and Apple’s mapping and navigation efforts. With the new Ovi Maps app, the company is hitting back, especially at Google. More importantly, it’s Nokia’s big chance to become the GPS device maker of choice in countries where standalone navigation devices are still hard to find. SAMSUNG France - Main. GyPSii. GyPSii (GyPSiiMobile) Sony Ericsson - Sony Ericsson. Gokivo Navigator Onto New Windows Mobi. Unlike most other smartphone platforms, Windows Mobile doesn’t come with a mapping application pre-installed by default.
While this may very well change with the soon-to-be-announced Windows Mobile 7, it has thus far been up to the handset manufacturer to throw in a map app if they so choose. Later this week, messaging/location technology providers TCS will announce that Sony Ericsson has chosen their turn-by-turn application, Gokivo, to be pre-loaded onto future Sony Ericsson-made Windows Mobile devices.
The first Sony Ericsson handset to come with Gokivo out of the box will be the Aspen, which was just announced last week. This is pretty big news for TCS; they just acquired the company behind Gokivo, Networks In Motion, back in December, and this is the first time any manufacturer has chosen to pre-install the app at the factory.
The flagship features, according to TCS: Local SearchTraffic and WeatherLocation Sharing. Gokivo. Apple. Here Comes Apple Earth. Map Startup Poly9 Reportedly Snatched Up By Cupertino. The days of Google Maps as the default mapping app on the iPhone may be coming to an end.
Apple is beefing up its Geo team, reportedly acquiring Canadian 3D mapping startup Poly9 Group. The company was funded in 2005 and was completely bootstrapped, with no venture money. Its employees have now gone quiet. Its corporate Website is down and nobody answers the phones. Poly9 made a browser-based 3D globe like Google Earth, which powered apps such as the NORAD Santa Tracker and this Skype Nomad blog.
So far Apple and Poly9 have not confirmed the acquisition, but French-Canadian reporter Pierre Couture of cyberpresse.ca (via Google Translate) reports that all but two of the employees are now relocated in Silicon Valley and that they are zipped up due to non-disclosure agreements. This wouldn’t be the first mapping app to be acquired by Apple. In April, Apple Ditched Google And Skyhook In Favor Of Its Own Location Databases. As you’re undoubtedly aware, location is one of the hottest fields out there right now. Startups, services, devices, and advertisers are all hovering around it.
In other words, since iPhone OS 3.2 (since renamed “iOS”) which shipped on the iPad, and continuing with the new iOS 4, Apple is now in complete control of the location services on the iPhone (and iPad/iPod touch). Apple Gets A Mapmaker. Where Does That Leave Google? In case you haven’t had enough location-based news tonight, here’s another very interesting bit.
It looks like Apple has very quietly bought an online mapping company, Seth Weintraub of Computerworld reports tonight. Apple’s purchase of Placebase actually took place this past July, and a founder of a partner company that was using Placebase maps tweeted about it. But it slid under most people’s radars as that was the only news out there about it. Placebase: The Power of Place. How Placebase Survived Google Maps. Three years ago, when Google launched Google Maps for free, the whole world was agog with what you could find.
One man who wasn’t thrilled: Jaron Waldman, founder of Los Angeles-based startup Placebase. He was contemplating starting a white-label mapping business when Google went and made the value proposition of his idea disappear. After all, it’s hard to compete with free. Or so you would think. Waldman thought differently. Two years on, his strategy seems to be paying off — the company, which is completely bootstrapped (read again: no VC dollars), is doing a few million dollars in revenues and is profitable.