Nokia today released a new version of Ovi Maps with improved UI and various new features at their bigOvi event.They have also started offering free turn-by-turn navigation, and voice based guidance for Ovi Maps, across 74 countries and in more than 40 languages. As we reported earlier, right now the free turn-by-turn navigation is available for 10 of the most popular Nokia devices with GPS including the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, N97 Mini, Nokia E72 and the recently launched Nokia X6. As you can see the Nokia N97 is not included in the list.
This news certainly made the owners of Nokia N97 angry. Many press reporters present at the Ovi event today, even asked Nokia about the lack of support for Nokia N97 by the new version of Ovi Maps. Nokia said that installing the new version of Ovi Maps required atleast 20Mb of free space in the C: drive, which the N97 lacks. So Nokia will soon release a new firmware for N97, with the new version of Ovi Maps integrated. The firmware update is supposed to come out on 28th of January.
The new version of Ovi Maps has an improved and more polished UI, and even allows sharing your current location with your friends on Facebook. The new version will also support offline browsing, so users can load the map data on their phone, and use the GPS of their phone without any data connection. This feature makes Nokia Ovi Maps more cost efficient than Google Maps.