Yesterday’s announcement that Ovi Maps 3.03 is set to offer free navigation caused a big stir in the industry, but enthusiasm was tempered somewhat by the fact that updated versions of Ovi Maps will initially only be supported by 10 smartphones. If you’re a Nokia N900 user, which runs Maemo 5 rather than Symbian, thankfully support is on its way. Read on to find out more…
At present, the latest version of Ovi Maps only runs on Symbian-based devices, with a limited number of handsets supported. With 10 models supporting the new app at present, Nokia is rolling out support for other models in the coming days and weeks, and you can expect to find the Nokia N900 among the smartphones set to benefit.
This is backed by what the Executive Vice President of Nokia, Anssi Vanjoki, had to say at yesterday’s launch event. Vanjoki pointed out that “in later dates we will also be increasing the number of support for this [sic] and certainly moving forward it will also support Maemo”. He went on to point out that the lack of support for the Nokia N97 wasn’t an oversight, or that Nokia planned to drop the device, but that Ovi Maps 3.03 would be on its way to the N97 in the next week or so. We now know the reason the Nokia N97 delay.
Either way, it’s been a successful couple of days for Ovi Maps, and we’ve been most impressed by the updated software. Check out our Ovi Maps 3.03 review, and keep an eye out here in the coming weeks to find out if your handset is supported.