Along with 41 MP camera monster Nokia 808, affordable Windows Phone Lumia 610, global version of Lumia 900 and 3 new phones from Asha series, Nokia has also announced a new range of services/updates for all its users worldwide, which includes – the Nokia Maps, Nokia Drive, Nokia Public Transport, Nokia Reading and Nokia Life.
1- Nokia Maps
Nokia announces an new updated version of Nokia Maps for Windows Phones, which comes with a simpler and better interface. Now you can zoom in to get all the detail you need, and pull back for larger context about what route you need to take – with pedestrians and drivers seeing different maps to reflect their different experiences.
With the updated Nokia Maps you can now also create and collect your favourite places, and access places you’ve recently visited. Then, if you’re travelling with friends or colleagues, you can share your route with SMS email or social networks. Nokia Maps now covers over 190 countries – and uses the latest technology to make sure that images are viewable from any browser, device and operating system.
2- Nokia Drive:
Nokia Drive is one of the most popular services on the Lumia, offering free turn-by-turn voice guided navigation in over 100 countries, with multiple views, larger icons for in-car arms length use, one easy search box, and fast route calculation and preview.
Now Nokia Drive on Lumia gets full offline support, with offline search and routing from calculating a route, to navigation and re-routing. A newly designed dashboard now shows speed limit alerts, as well as the speed you’re travelling at, as well as estimated time or arrival, time to destination and distance to destination. You can also access a list of recently saved destinations through a single tap, and then start turn-by-turn navigation.
This update will be available in the coming weeks.
3- Nokia Public Transport:
Nokia Public Transport is a unique service that allows you to plan fast inner-city routes from point to point, and work out your time of arrival.
Using Nokia Public Transport you can see when the nearest train, bus, tram or metro leaves, find out how to get to the station, discover if you need to change trains or lines along the way, and then use walk routing to reach your final destination.
This new app will be available in the coming days.
4- Nokia Reading:
This is the latest service announced by Nokia, it converts your Lumia smartphone into a premium e-book reader. Using Nokia Reading you can choose your own favourite authors, or select from bestselling novels and an extensive selection of top local books in your own language. The service integrates beautifully with the Lumia in the same “hub” and panorama experience we’ve seen working so fluidly with other services.
Once you have chosen a book, large, clear, smartphone screens like those on the Nokia Lumia make reading an enjoyable experience. It’s great for reading on an underground train or plane, as you can read everything offline after downloading beforehand.
In coming months you’ll also be able to create a personalised magazine page called “my stream” that automatically updates content across the most popular categories, and adds web content from your chosen sites.
Nokia Reading will be available for Nokia Lumia handsets from April. The service is initially launching in six markets (UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Russia) with more to follow
5- Nokia Life:
Nokia Life Tools has now become the new and enhanced Nokia Life, which includes great extra services like Life Skills and Parenting Advice, as well as new social elements.
People have loved learning English, getting health tips, preparing for exams and downloading ringtones with Nokia Life Tools – and now there’s even more that you can do with the new Nokia Life. You can ‘Ask an Expert’ – like a doctor or career advisor – for specific health or work tips. Then you can ‘Share’ that information with friends from your phone book – or take part in a poll to express your opinions.