Nokia launches new OVI Maps with Free turn-by-turn navigation in 74 countires


Here’s some big news folks, Nokia just launched their new OVI Maps navigation application featuring free turn-by-turn walk & drive navigation for its handsets. Sounds familiar? Yes Google did the same thing with Google Navigation for Android 2.0 not long ago. But this is the real deal this time around, unlike Google offering which is only available in the US and needs an active connection to work (maps are stream live to the Android device) the new OVI Maps offers support for 74 countries, in 46 languages, and traffic information for more than 10 countries, as well as detailed maps for more than 180 countries and the whole maps are stored on your device!
Head over to Nokia’s annnouncement website here for more info and videos. Nokia is also promising to offer a streeview like feature in the future. Here’s the list of compatible devices:

Nokia X6, Nokia N97 mini, E72, E55, E52, Nokia 6730 classic, Nokia 6710 Navigator, Nokia 5800 Xpressmusic, Nokia 5800 Navigation Edition, Nokia 5230

The N97 version shoud be out on Jan 28th but no news about the N900 yet.

Source: Nokia

Nokia Image Exchange Touch pre-beta released

The pre-beta version of Nokia‘s Image Exchange Touch application has been released today (for S60). This application lets you vrowse through your images and share them all over the web:

Nokia Image Exchange is an experimental imaging service to make browsing and sharing images fun and easy. It aims to provide a seamless integration of a mobile image gallery application and a corresponding web-service. Nokia Image Exchange explores the possibilities of the mobile phone when it is enabled with always-on data connection and utilizes existing contact information as a basis for social networking.

A non-Touch version (S60) and a S40 version are also available here

Source: Nokia

Nokia X6 unboxing videos an quick hands-on

Here are two unboxing video of Nokia‘s soon to be released Symbian S60 smartphone, the Nokia X6. The X6 is the company’s first samrtphone featuring a capacitive touchscreen and is IMO one of the best looking smartphone ever designed. You’ll see some short UI action in the first video from Tracy & Matt:

Here’s All About Symbian’s funny un-boxing video:

source: Tracy & Matt / All About Symbian

Nokia X6 launching this friday in the UK & Finland

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Nokia‘s first capacitive touchscreen smartphone, the X6, is set to launch this friday in the UK & Finland. The device will be free with a £35/month contract (in the UK). Based on what we have seen so far the X6 looks like pretty sleek product. It packs 3.2″ capacitive touchscreen, 32GB of integrated storage and a 5Mpx camera with Carl Zeiss optics, hopefully the stuttery/laggy animation seen in the first handson videos has now been fixed.

Via: Nokia

Nokia’s X6 uses a Synaptics capacitive touch panel

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According to Digitimes, Synaptics is the touch panl supplier of Nokia‘s newly announced X6 phone. It’s not know which particular capacitive panel is used. It can be a ClearPad 2000 or the new 10 fingers multi-touch ClearPad 3000 (used on Creative’s Zii EGG)

Synaptics has secured touchscreen solution orders for Nokia’s recently announced X-series handsets, according to market sources. Synaptics is expected to see record shipments of touchscreen ICs and modules in 2009 and remain the top touchscreen IC supplier in 2010 worldwide, the sources added.

Touchscreen handsets will reach a CAGR of more than 20% over the next several years, the sources estimated.

Overseas touchscreen IC suppliers including Synaptics, Cypress, Broadcom and Atmel are targeting the handset segment, while Taiwan-based players Elan Microelectronics, Pixart Imaging, Egalax_empia Technology (EETI), Weltrend Semiconductor, Ene Technology, Integrated Technology Express (ITE) and Holtek Semiconductor are focusing on touchscreen ICs for notebook products.

Source: Digitimes

Nokia N97 Mini, X6 & X3 announced

Today Nokia announced three new phones at Nokia Wolrd 09. Let’s start with the N97 mini, which is a slimmed down version of the original N97 released a few months ago:
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The Nokia N97 mini will be available next month for an estimated retail price of EUR450 before taxes and carriers subsidies. It has 8gb of internal memory (upgradable via microSD) a 3.2″ touchscreen and slide out qwerty keyboard all packed in a 14.2mm thin body.A 5Mpx camera with Carl Zeiss lens and LED flash is also on board.

The X6 looks like the sucessor of the eXpress Music launch quite a fewmonths ago. The hadrware looks really nice andlooking at the video it seems to have a capacitive touch screen!. It will retail in Q42009 for €459 without contract. Here are the specs:

Nokia-X6

- symbian S60
- 3.2″ wide touch screen display
- 32Gb of internal memory
- 35 hours of music playback
- 5-megapixel camera and Carl Zeiss optics & dual LED flash
- 14mm thin
- TV-out, video editing, online sharing, Nokia Music store, full web browser and Flash Lite support

Finally with have the Nokia X3 which the first Series 40 device to come Ovi Store enabled. It’s a non-touch screen slider phone. Estimated reatil price is €115 with an availability in Q4 09. Here are some of the specs:

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- S40 OS
- 2.2 non-touchscreen
- Slide-out Keypad
- 3.2 megapixel camera
- Stereo speakers
- Dedicated music keys
- support for up to 16GB of storage via microSD

Source: Nokia Conversations here, here