At the Nokia Strategy Summit, the team from Nokia provided the foundation for the location-aware world. Nokia has been dedicated to the art and science of location for more than two decades, with maps that are used more than 100 million times a day using a wide variety of devices, services, and apps; more than 2.4 million changes are made to the maps every day.
Some of the solutions discussed at the Summit are here:
City Lens: This is a new way to easily find information and services on the go. It is a fun and easy way to discover what is around you. Simply launch the app on your phone and City Lens will display the points of interests in the Camera viewfinder.
It connects you to what you’re looking for – and more – exactly when and where you want it. Select your interests in many different categories – City Lens will filter the points of interests and present your choices. Go a step further and get details, read reviews of restaurants and hotels. With one tap you can make a reservation, or navigate to the location via turn by turn walking map. In India, City Lens is available for all mapped cities.
Nokia Transport: This makes available detailed local public transport information for 460 cities in 46 countries. In India it is available for 11 cities. With just a few taps you can instantly see the routes and connections you need, how long each leg of your trip will take, and even when the next train, bus, or tram will arrive.
The application allows consumers to easily find public transport stations /stops, addresses, and points of interest, as well as choose from multiple routes and connections.
You can also view earlier and later departure times to make smarter travel choices and save favourite routes from different locations as a tile on your phone home screen for instant access from anywhere.
Nokia Traffic: It is a real-time traffic service on Nokia smart-phones for its users in Delhi and Mumbai. Recently released in India, the application is available to any smart-phone that has Symbian and Microsoft’s Windows operating systems free of cost. All you need to pay is data services charges from you telecom service providers. Supported at the backend by NAVTEQ Traffic Pro (owned by Nokia Location & Commerce), this live service offers superior coverage with detailed info about traffic speeds on motorways, as well as on main and secondary roads. Helping you get more accurate routes and better estimated travel timings even while saving on fuel and time.
Nokia Maps and Drive: Nokia Maps is a free mapping solution and service by Nokia for its mobile phones and smartphone devices. In India, Nokia maps are available for over 2195 cities including over 2 crore points of interest across the country. Currently maps are available for 100 countries in over 50 languages, including Hindi. The Maps also have a search feature covering millions points of interest globally – allowing easy search for locations and the best directions to get there. You can also search by genre. For example foodies who love to sample the local fare in each city know that with Nokia Maps they will easily find the their restaurant and cuisine of choice Nokia Drive further enhances user experience with free turn-by-turn voice guided navigation, designed for an effortless driving experience and provides a fully-fledged PND-like experience. It helps users save costs with pre-loadable country map data and navigation voices. The on-device Map Loader also helps manage maps and navigation voices through Wi-Fi or 3G connections. Drive can also be used offline.
Nokia Drive is available on Nokia Store as well as for Nokia Lumia users which gives an augmented experience comfortable for people to use while they are driving. The solution benefits from both 2D and 3D map views. So if you’re looking for extra definition to your route and some clear landmarks, you can quickly change your perspective in settings. It also supports day and night mode as well as allows you to change the navigation voice if you want to or download a brand new one.
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