Nokia has updated its Nokia Ovi Maps, now the 3.08 build of the app is released in the Ovi Store. Handsets having Symbian^3 were automatically updated by this version and the users of those handsets feel like they are in the era of the Belle/MeeGo interface.
Nokia maps is a free offline navigational software and it also gives the hints how the next Symbian “Belle” would look like. Yes, it certainly draws the picture of the Belle interface and also it looks a lot like the MeeGo UI which we saw on Nokia N9. The dashboard of the app also looks exactly like it is in the Nokia N9 Maps and Drive apps. There is also a loading circle is included, which clears the Nokia’s new strategy to release out new features as soon as they are created instead of waiting for big releases.
In this latest version of the Nokia Maps, weather plug-in is added in the form of a separate app. This new plug-in shows an hourly or 5-day forecast of your current location and performs all the usual things like swapping from Fahrenheit to Celsius and vice versa.
You can select the different routes for the direction and choose the options of Drive To or Walk to by long tap on the screen. There is also a new installer UI added which lets you know what is being installed at the moment.
Another main feature which is added to this app is, Drive Enhancements. It lets you know about the traffic jams via Live traffic routing feature. You can turn on the option of Avoid Traffic in your Route Settings, so you can always get the best route for that time. You can also add places with the buttons of Set Destination, Drive home and Just drive.
With this new update, Nokia has really proved that Nokia Maps is the best free offline navigation software and we have to wait and watch how it will be added in the Windows Phone smartphones when those are released next year.