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Friday, 12 June 2009

Nokia Maps (Ovi Maps) 3.0 beta test almost over, Google Maps bug fix update, new version of Metro

Nokia Maps, Ovi Maps, Map Loader, Map Loader Alternative, navigation
Nokia Maps / Ovi Maps

Nokia Maps 3.0 (now called Ovi Maps all over the Nokia Beta Labs website) is almost ready for the masses. The Nokia Beta Labs blog announced the last beta version before the program goes mainstream. New features in the final beta release of Maps 3.0 include weather, events, and movie info, faster zooming and panning, newer maps, better traffic info, and a lot of bug fixes. In contrast to the previous beta test versions, which were slow and kept crashing, the latest beta release works.

It works on phones with Symbian S60 3rd and 5th ed., so those with touchscreen phones can get it too.

Nokia Maps Updater is updated as well, and you need this program to install Maps 3.0 beta on your phone the Nokia Way. The bad news: Maps Updater only works on Windows. The good news: the Maps 3.0 beta .sis installer file is also available from an unofficial source, so those with Macs, Linux computers, or no computer at all can use Maps 3.0 beta too.

You don't even need Maps Updater to preload maps on your phone's memory card, because the Nokia Map Loader alternative works with any web browser on any operating system. It even works with the web browser of your phone, so you don't even need a computer to get maps for Ovi Maps.

Since this is a program from Nokia Beta Labs it is a good idea to back up your phone before you install Maps 3.0 beta, because going back to the old version of Nokia Maps may require a hard reset.

Maps 3.0 beta with Maps Updater from Nokia Beta Labs (PC with Windows required)
Maps 3.0 beta at (for all operating systems)
Map Loader/Maps Updater alternative (for all operating systems)

UPDATE: Nokia Maps 3.0 is out of beta testing, and is now called Ovi Maps 3.0.

Google Maps

Google Maps (with maps, satellite and aerial images, and street view) is updated. The changes are all under the hood (bug fixes?), because there ae no new features.

The most important missing feature is voice navigation. There's text navigation, but without a copilot to read the instructions this is a sure way to crash your car.

Google Maps (on the fly installer, only works from your phone's built-in web browser)


The latest version of public transport navigator Métro (subways, trains, trams, buses, and ferry lines of about 400 cities) features new transport info for Lisbon, Porto (including night lines), Milan, Bangkok, Delhi, Dublin, Hong Kong, Frankfurt, Paris, Prague, Tokyo, Sydney, Venice, and other cities. The program itself is tweaked a bit as well.

Métro from

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