Nokia teams up for GCC GPS

Nokia has combined with GPS application developers Navicore and Navteq to develop Arabic-language navigation software for use with Nokia’s range of mobile handheld devices.

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By  Aaron Greenwood Published  December 4, 2006

Nokia has combined with GPS application developers Navicore and Navteq to develop Arabic-language navigation software for use with Nokia’s range of mobile handheld devices. Designed for the GCC market, the GPS solution features Navicore’s Navicore Personal GPS application, Nokia’s LD-3W GPS receiver and Navteq mapping software, and is compatible with more than 30 Nokia handsets and multimedia devices. In addition, Nokia’s multimedia car kit enables users to access GPS route information via their handsets while driving, with vocal instructions providing directions. “Our agreement with Navicore will ensure we remain at the forefront of mobile technology as well as serve the needs of the Arabic market,” said Zsolt Menesi, director of Multimedia Experiences for Nokia Middle East and Africa. “Our Middle East customers can now use our GPS systems and get directions in the language they are most comfortable with, be it English or Arabic.” Navicore Personal boasts a range of useful features including pedestrian, cycling and car navigation modes, and an extensive point-of-interest directory including service stations, hotels, restaurants, parking facilities, in addition to phone numbers, web pages and direct dialling support. It also offers online support for downloadable points-of-interest databases. NAVTEQ Gulf regional coverage includes detailed maps of Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Oman.

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