Nokia Maps has been available to iOS and Android peeps for a while now (three months, to be precise), and the developers have been busy beavering away on some new functions.
There’s now offline action, public transport goodness, and a points of interest (POI) database. Swish.
There’s no Nokia Maps app as such for Android and iOS. Instead, it’s an HTML5-based interface available via – no prizes for guessing this URL – maps.nokia.com.
Android users with 2.2 (Froyo) or above and those with iOS 4.3+ should be able to take advantage of the service. It’s also available on BlackBerry OS 6, but Nokia warns that it’s “experimental”.
By tapping the little arrow thingy beside the address bar, there’s a new option to “Save neighbourhood map”, meaning you can store maps for offline use and save on data costs when you're out and about.
In addition to driving and walking directions, there’s now a third option for public transport. The points of interest function recommends nearby venues for food, shopping and entertainment etc.
It’s not unpleasant to use, but I can’t see many Android or iOS users dissing their existing mappy goodness in favour of Nokia’s alternative. Shame really, ‘cause it’s quite nice.