Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Nokia World 08 – Day One Summary

It appears Nokia is kicking things into high gear for 2009 as numerous announcements are being made at its two-day event, Nokia World 08, in Barcelona, Spain. As if the announcement of the N97 wasn’t enough to whet our appetites, Nokia announced a fresh version of Nokia Maps as well as Nokia Messaging.

First, let’s talk about Nokia Maps, which includes “a number of new features such as high-resolution aerial images, 3D landmarks for 216 cities and terrain maps, as well as a new route overview during routing and during drive, the purchasable turn-by-turn car navigation guidance.” In addition, users will find new options such as access to real-time information (camera alerts, safety spots, traffic information, etc.) and Wcities event guides that give real-time information for events and movies in over 450 destinations. Take that Google Maps!

Next, let’s talk about Nokia Messaging. The service is essentially a combination of messaging applications rolled up into what should be a nice, little package. Mobile e-mail, PIM management, Instant Messaging, push delivery services and more are all covered by the new Nokia Messaging product. There also will be an available Web portal into the service that allows users to send and receive e-mail, manage files and more from any Web browser.

As we wrote before, Nokia tops the global market despite its lack of pizzazz here in the states, but with the N97 and day-one updates from Barcelona, it appears they’re poised to make some noise in the West – and we like what we see.

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