Nokia announces new LBS applications with N82 launch



Nokia announces new LBS applications with N82 launch
Launching today its new N82 Smartphone, positioned to succeed to the successful N95, Nokia unveiled a GPS-based sport tracker application to help its customers monitor their sport and fitness activities.

This application records a GPS track and offer tools to analyze the sport activity blending data such as speed, distance, and altitude. It will soon offer an upload function to the web where a service will enabled users to share and compare their workouts. This application can also use the acceleration sensor inside the phone (primarily used for automatically changing the screen from portrait to landscape) to calculate the pace of the user without GPS reception. Nokia Sport Tracker will be available free of charge for Nokia N82 owners and downloadable directly from the phone at this end of November.

This sport application also allows to take pictures along the track and replay them as a slideshow along a trail. Mark Selby, vice president Multimedia at Nokia also said GPS-enabled Nseries devices will offer automatic geotagging of pictures in the first quarter of 2008.

Nokia Sport Tracker
Nokia Sport Tracker
Earlier this week, in an interview reported by Dow Jones, Michael Halbherr, head of the location-based experience at Nokia, also said a pedestrian-friendly navigation software will be available some time in 2008 as part of the company's mobile phone navigation offering. Developing a real pedestrian navigation software is also one of the reasons mentioned by Nokia executives behind the acquisition of digital mapping company Navteq.

Dow Jones also reports Michael Halbherr stated "a hybrid technology that would allow indoor coverage, such as Wi-Fi, will eventually become available". Boston-based Skyhook Wireless which has developed a Wi-Fi positioning technology already has a beta version of its system running on a Nokia N95.

Wednesday, November 14th 2007

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