Nokia have announced that, in just under two weeks, its free Ovi Maps Navigation app has been downloaded 1.4m times. In fact, the company broke the 1m barrier at the end of last week. Unveiled in its new, subscription-free form on January 21st, this latest version of Ovi Maps includes spoken turn-by-turn directions together with formerly-premium content such as Lonely Planet guides.
Having surprised at least a few people (and no doubt upset TomTom and Garmin) last week by making Ovi Maps with turn-by-turn directions free for select S60 users, Nokia have now added N97 support. The new version is available directly through the N97 itself, by navigating to the software update client in the applications folder; we'd recommend doing that over WiFi simply for the speed benefits.
Nokia have announced free Ovi Maps worldwide walk and drive navigation for S60 handsets, complete with turn-by-turn spoken directions, traffic information in 10 countries and both online and offline functionality. The new software - which will initially be available on ten S60 devices, including the Nokia E72 and N97 mini; full list after the cut - differs from existing smartphone PND apps by using vector rather than bitmap graphics; while that might not ostensibly mean much to most users, it results in increased Ovi Maps speed, less than one-tenth the data traffic and reduced battery consumption. Meanwhile there'll also be premium-style content included for free, such as Michelin and Lonely Planet travel guides, Time Out and wcities, and close integration with Facebook.
Is the thought of an update to Nokia's Ovi mobile download store enough to drive you into a frenzy of anticipation? We can't quite believe that will be the general reaction, but when Nokia start talking about "big news" they have to share and their on-device download store in the same sentence, it seems pretty likely that they're hoping to refresh and relaunch with Ovi 2.0.
As well as the obvious product launches from Nokia World this week - the N900, X6, X3, N97 mini and Ovi SDK - SlashGear also had the opportunity to sit down with various executives and team members from the company and discuss not only Nokia's plans for the future but some of the decisions that have brought them to this stage. After the cut in our Nokia World wrap-up, a new DRM-free media store, plans for future netbooks, the push for the US market and more.
Well, the Nokia N900 is official, and everyone is eagerly waiting to see if anything else gets outed about the device at this week's upcoming Nokia World. It looks like there are some extra things to be revealed though, and images from the camera are definitely high up on that list. With the device packing a 5 mega-pixel camera, there are many of us out there who are wanting to see what kind of quality gets produced. Now here's your chance.