Nokia upgrades Ovi Maps platform

22 May 2009 — 10:07 AM

The N97 is expected to be available soon

Nokia's latest phones could soon come with enhanced mapping technology as the Finnish manufacturer has unveiled an updated version of its Ovi Maps platform.

The group said the new system will build on its previous features by using vector graphics, as well as enhanced services that focus on making it more compatible for developers.

One new addition to the software is the Ovi Maps Player API, which Nokia claims will offer a simple way for website operators to include mapping technology in their work.

Michael Halbherr, vice-president of social location services at Nokia, said: "This is the first step toward an ecosystem where developers can access Nokia's unique contextual assets."

He added that among these was the ability to utilise locations as part of a wider platform for new mobile applications, concluding that such innovations could "redefine how we use our mobile devices".

The upcoming Nokia N97, that was announced last year but has yet to hit the market, boasts a number of geographically-focused applications.

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