Nokia Updates OVI Maps–Is More Social Now

Nokia has updated its OVI maps and some of the new features include transit maps, ability to download directly to the device and check-in integration with blogging tools.

Before Ovi Maps 3.06, you needed a cable and a computer to download the street maps to your phone. Now, you can download all the map data directly to your device, saving you time. Map data is large so we recommend you perform these downloads over a WiFi network, if you have the feature.

Transit lines are now included in the map data, meaning you can see the train lines, subways or trams that run in over 80 cities around the world. Not only does this help to remind you of what train is on what line, but opening the map will instantly show you all the nearby stations too, with intersecting transit lines. Open up the map, click the toolbox icon and select transit lines.

Visit a great restaurant with great noodles, or something? Tell your friends about it. Open Ovi Maps, hit theCheck In button to post to your Social network, with a link to the map so they can see where you are. Check In supports Facebook, Twitter, Friendster, LiveJournal, Hyves, studivz, Kaixin001 and RenRen. So there’s plenty of support globally, allowing anybody, anywhere to Check In with Ovi Maps.

If you’d prefer to share a place you’ve discovered with somebody, without publicly announcing it to all of your Facebook friends, then you can. Send that place by selecting the location, Share and choosing your preferred sending method, SMS or Email. Simple.[via]

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