GLOBAL – Are you a Nokia Belle user? If so, you will be happy to know that the new Nokia Maps Suite for Nokia Belle smartphones has graduated from beta and is now ready for download on your device.
As we have explained before, the new Nokia Maps Suite brings you the latest version of Nokia Maps, Nokia Drive and the new Nokia Public Transport applications. It also comes with key application shortcuts developed specifically for Nokia Belle so that you can instantly access useful information such as guides, and your current location.
Here is a quick look at the goodies that Nokia Maps Suite brings you:
Nokia Maps: Now with just a long press on your map, you can access walk, drive and public transit routing, which will guide you to your destination. If you like your maps to be uniquely yours, you can turn on “photos” in the Maps app to see all your geo-tagged pictures from your phone’s gallery placed on your map in the places they were taken. Next time you want to tell someone about a trip you had, just open the map and take them where you want and show them what you saw!
You are at a new neighborhood and want to have lunch? The Places widget will help you to find out what’s around you, or tell you more about your current location, right from your home screen. It will share the reviews from respected guides and reviewers like Lonely Plant, via Michelin, Time Out, Qype and more. You can save the place for another visit, and share the details with your friends as well. And if you are planning to use Nokia Maps in a different country, remember to download the country maps via WiFi so that you can continue enjoying Nokia Maps without worrying about data costs.
Nokia Drive: Even everyday things like getting around by car are improved thanks to a larger, easier-to-view map. A narrower dashboard means a larger map view in landscape mode. So it’s easier to navigate when you’re behind the wheel. The route planner is back by popular demand, letting you create custom routes and start points along with the ability to save favorite routes and sync them between your phone and computer.
For our UK users, new Voice Search lets you get directions simply by speaking, so you can now navigate hands-free! Tap on the microphone icon next to the search box and speak your destination. Voice Search will be available for more countries and languages soon.
We also continue to provide you offline navigation – all you need to do is to download the maps for the country or region via WiFi to enjoy Drive without worrying about data costs.
Public Transport: With the new Nokia Public Transport app, all you need to do is to type out your destination, and you are set to go! The app shows the nearest public transport departures to your destination, so you can choose the one that is the most convenient for you – the app will guide you there. The navigation is literally door-to-door, so you will truly feel like a local even if it is a city that you are visiting for the first time! The app will tell you how to walk up to the right stop, which bus, tram, underground or train to take, which stop you have to get down and will lead you right to your destination. Line information lets you know how many stops you’ll pass along the way. You can even save frequent commutes to your favorites and check departure times for any stop on your route. Currently, we have real-time routing for Berlin; timetable routing for 88 cities across the world, and estimated routing for 420+ cities worldwide.
These are some of the great features that we have as part of the new Nokia Maps Suite. Download the new Nokia Maps Suite directly on your Belle smartphone or via Nokia Store, and let us know what you think of it!