The Nokia N900 has received a host of updates over the past few weeks. While many of the updates have been firmware-related, we’re also starting to see more applications and features available for the Maemo 5 operating system, with Google Maps the latest addition. Read on after the jump to find out how to get Google Maps on your Nokia N900…
With Google currently concentrating on its own Android operating system, support for Google Maps on the Maemo 5 operating system isn’t official. However, because the Nokia N900’s operating system is Open Source, it’s easy for individuals from the Maemo Community to come up with their own software. The result in this case is a browser-based Google Maps application.
It’s fully-featured, offering directions, layers – highlighting features like tube lines, Google Latitude – letting you work out exactly where you are in the world, and you’ll even find support for traffic information. Better yet, it all works in conjunction with the Nokia N900’s GPS chip.
Fone Arena advises taking a few additional steps to get GPS to work within your Nokia N900’s browser, as otherwise your handset won’t be able to find your location. First of all, you’ll need to download maemo-geolocation v1.1.3-1 – an extension that lets your browser find your location using your GPS chip.
To use Google Maps on your Nokia N900, visit http://google.com/maps/m. Further functionality is provided by downloading this code, which lets you easily zoom in and out. Unlike native applications, you won’t be able to drag the map to scroll about, but it’s not a bad start considering the lack of support from Google.