Nokia Here Comes to the Asha 501; Navigate Cities Without GPS

Here-for-Asha-501This week the Nokia Asha 501 went on sale online and we got our hands on it we thought it would be the perfect companion phone. One thing that was missing was Here Maps, and Nokia has now brought Here to the all new Asha Platform.

One reason why this is significant is that the Asha 501 comes without GPS and this beta release is designed specifically for it. Even though there is no GPS it can still offer you drive, walk and public transport directions using cellular network data.

With the beta, users will be able to search for places and addresses in 196 countries, plan how to get there with Drive, public transit and walk directions as a list or map view.

The maps will also provide real time traffic view where possible. Satellite images are expected to be updated soon on Here beta for Asha 501.

The navigation service is already available on Windows Phone 8, Firefox OS, Android and iOS.

The HERE Maps (beta) for the new Asha platform is available now on the Nokia Store.

Last week, Nokia added indoor Venue Maps to HERE  for 45 countries including India.

Visualize Traffic in Five Cities Including Mumbai

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Recently we have been seeing a great number of web tools which lets you visualize data. A few days back Twitter and Foursquare release tools that let you relive your social networking memories.

Now Nokia has unveiled a new project called ‘Living Cities’ which displays live traffic in five cities including Mumbai on its Here Maps.

The maps have been created in collaboration with cloud-based mapping analysts CartoDB and lets users visualize how traffic looks in a time-lapsed manner over a period of 24 hours. It makes use of HTML5 Torque technology to animate geospatial data sets over time.

The team anonymously collects data from connected Nokia smartphones in London, Rome, Chicago, Helinski and Mumbai. In Mumbai the team has collected data from over 18 million people and 1.8 million vehicles covering 1,900km of roads in the last month.

The webpage changes colors according to the time of day and the traffic is shown as white dots. Also interesting trivia about the cities keep popping up.

Users can use this see which roads are clogged or have easy flowing traffic so that they can plan their commute better. Unfortunately there are only two zoom options and it would have been nice if you could zoom in further.

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