Apps

Nokia Drive 2.0, Nokia Reading, and more revealed apps

Alongside the pair of new hardware at MWC today comes some new software for Nokia owners to mess around with in the future. First up is Nokia Drive 2.0 which is an update to the existing turn-by-turn navigation app that will finally add true offline maps support. That includes offline search and offline routing (and even re-routing). The interface is also set for a refresh to incorporate speed alerts, estimated time of arrival, and more. The update will be released “in the coming weeks”.

Next is a Nokia Maps update which is getting a facelift to clear things up a bit and remove ‘intrusive objects and signs’. They’ve also toned down the color palette so mappers can digest the information more easily. There’s also new levels of zoom for deep detail or broad overviews, route sharing via SMS or emial or social networks, and support for 190 countries. The update is also going to release “in the coming weeks”.

Then there is Nokia Reading, a brand new ebook, audiobook and news reading experience that is exclusive to Nokia hardware. They’ve rounded up major publishers like Penguin and Hachette, and Pearson to deliver a variety of book selections. There’s also a news-reading functionality that will come later to the app. Nokia Reading is set to go live in April but will launch initially in just the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Russia. Finally there’s Nokia Transport which is a train and subway personal guide with reminders, schedules, routes and more.

Source: Conversations by Nokia

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