Wayfinder brings navigation to new Nokia internet tablet



N810 by Nokia
N810 by Nokia
At the Web2.0 conference in San Francisco Nokia today unveiled its new internet tablet N810 with integrated GPS. The mapping and navigation application has been developed by Wayfinder who recently bought Navicore, the Finnish company that developed earlier navigation packages for Nokia 770 and N800 tablets.

Users can browse detailed street maps and search for locations like addresses, WiFi hot-spots and points of interests (POI’s) - mashed up with web links and dynamic information. The map application includes free of charge worldwide maps - available and downloadable directly from the map application. While the maps are free, navigation costs (for a three years license) US$129 for the United States or €99 for Western Europe (maps for the Middle East, Eastern Europe, South Africa, Russia, Australia and Singapore are also available).

"Customer feedback about navigation kits to Nokia 770 and N800 devices has been very positive. Now we wanted to offer even more with the new Nokia N810 by introducing a map application available for our users and offer navigation as a premium service hassle free directly from the device” said Ari Virtanen, Vice President of Convergence Products, Multimedia, Nokia. "N810 and the Map application take now the Internet enhanced mapping to the next level thanks to the device integrated GPS and the Wayfinder solutions knowhow", he continued.

Wayfinder brings navigation to new Nokia internet tablet
Nokia Maps?
The interesting point here is to see Wayfinder as a navigation provider to this solution and not Nokia Maps, the proprietary solution born from the acquisition of Berlin-based gate5 in the August 2006. The Nokia 6110 handset was also launched with a third party software (Route66) but this was explained by the fact this product was developed before the gate5 acquisition.

In August 2006 the Nokia press release announcing this acquisition was claiming: “Large display personal devices such as the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet are perfect for maps and navigation purposes and by integrating the gate5 platform into these devices, Nokia can build the industry leading location experience for consumers”. Therefore, 14 months later, we do not really understand why Nokia still needs Wayfinder for a Linux-based navigation software. This might raise some questions about how fast Nokia’s strategy in the location space will be implemented.

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Wednesday, October 17th 2007


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