Nokia have been trying to perfect their maps web app for some time now. They've just flicked the switch on the latest addition to the service, which Android 2.3 and above users can take advantage of. Voice guided turn-by-turn navigation is now included, but only for walking routes.
Taking advantage of voice guided navigation requires downloading a 2MB data file before you're good to go. Nokia say that this feature is only available on walking routes, as the web app itself is targeted at urban use. Live traffic and public transport map views are two other features that put themselves into this category.
A couple of questions do come to mind. Firstly, how good is it? But secondly, and perhaps more importantly, why would an Android user choose this over the native Google Maps application?
In answer to the first question, it's very good. Nokia -- once Ovi -- maps have long been a killer piece of map software. I tried the voice guided navigation this morning as I took a walk around a town I don't know very well. It didn't miss a beat once, and with a headset plugged in there's no chance of missing that vital "turn left" notification.
The answer to the second question is much tougher. On the face of it, Android comes with Google Maps and the excellent Google Maps Navigation -- which of course you can use in the car. Google Maps is pretty much the industry standard. And of course, it isn't a web app.
If Nokia were to release this as a native Android application -- and brought their excellent Nokia Drive satellite navigation with it -- then it would definitely be a serious contender to Google Maps. As it stands though, it's very good, but it's not quite enough. To try it out for yourselves head on over to m.maps.nokia.com from your device.
Source: Nokia Blog
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