Nokia opens up Ovi Maps APIs

Nokia opens up Ovi Maps APIs
Yesterday at the Where 2.0 conference Nokia announced the release of the Ovi Maps Player API allowing web developers to embed Ovi Maps into any compatible website using basic JavaScript. This announcement is a logic step for Nokia after recently announcing APIs availability for Nokia Maps, its mobile navigation and local search software.

"Ovi Maps is evolving from a consumer service to a live and dynamic platform for location-based services and content shared between the mobile device and the web," says Michael Halbherr, vice president, Social Location services at Nokia. “This is the first step toward an ecosystem where developers can access Nokia's unique contextual assets, such as location, to create mobile applications that will redefine how we use our mobile devices”, he added.

Ovi Maps offers high resolution satellite and terrain maps - both in 2D and 3D views - 3D landmarks for over 200 cities, rotation, tilting, night view, and fly-overs and fly-throughs. It also offers enriched POI information by Lonely Planet, Michelin and Wcities, as well as a weather service that provides 24 hour and 5-day forecasts.

In addition, Nokia announced that Lonely Planet is the first partner to be using OVI Maps Player API on its website; although at the time of publishing Google Maps was still the platform displaying the maps on the Lonely Planet website.

Thursday, May 21st 2009

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