At Nokia’s annual world conference in Barcelona, the mobile phone giant, Nokia, announced a ton of improvements to most of its Ovi services. The majority of these changes affect the map and messaging services for Ovi.
According to the announcement, a new, beta version of Nokia Maps will allow its users to use pre-pay services and synchronise the desired destination route with their phone. In addition, the new mapping service will feature 3D and terrain maps, and high-quality aerial images.
While at the convention, Nokia’s VP of location-based services, Michael Halberr commented, “People being able to sychronise their favourite places will be the main reason people will use Nokia Maps.”
In addition, the map service will allow its users to access real-time information about their favourite destinations such as safety spots, camera alerts, and traffic information in selected countries.
For the newest in Nokia messaging, the “push” email system, instant messaging on Nokia devices, an Ovi address for emails, and other services to access mail via PC or phone, is changing the face of Nokia mobile products and services forever.
The service will grant users access to email and IM accounts from top IM providers such as Yahoo Messenger, Gmail, Google Talk, AOL, and Yahoo Mail – in addition to access to internet service providers, or ISPs.
The new Nokia messaging service is expected to launch, commercially, in several countries in the first quarter or 2009 and on more countries later on the year. The countries that this service will be available in, at that time, are the UK, Australia, Germany, Singapore, Spain, Venezuela, and the Netherlands.
At the meeting, Nokia’s portal for its email service was revealed to on looking guests and will give its users 1GB of storage space, spam blockers and filters, a single sign-on account, and other Ovi services.
The beta version of this email service will be released this month, while the web access version will not be released until February of next year.