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Nokia upgrades Maps navigation service

New features include high-resolution aerial images and 3D landmarks

Nokia has released a new version of its mobile navigation service, Nokia Maps, along with a personalized online mapping experience on Ovi by Nokia.

The combination allows people to now plan their journey at home on their personal computer and then synchronize with their mobile phone. Nokia has also revealed that Maps on Ovi will evolve from being just a mapping tool to a destination for people to save and organize places, pre-plan trips and even share locations with friends.

The upgrade includes new features on Nokia Maps such as high-resolution aerial images, 3D landmarks for 216 cities and terrain maps, as well as a new route overview during routing and during Drive, the purchasable turn-by-turn car navigation guidance.

Other new options involve instant access to real time information such as camera alerts, safety spots and traffic information for selected countries. Walk, pedestrian navigation now offers straight-line guidance, which allows you to walk the shortest distance between point A and point B.

As it is a beta release, certain product features may not be immediately available and will be added to future releases.

The upgrade is available at Nokia Beta Labs website: http://www.nokia.com/betalabs.The online version will be accessible from http://maps.ovi.com.