Posts tagged ‘nokia’

October 1st, 2010

Which one to choose – Nokia Ovi Maps or Google Maps?

Nokia Maps which is now known as Ovi Maps is a GPS navigation software from Nokia that can be used free of charge.  At start, the application was not available for free. However, Nokia has done this to give tough competition to the rivals. Both the applications are great and user-friendly. Both these applications have features that will guide you with voice navigation whether you are driving or walking to your destination.

As compared to Ovi Maps, you will be able to lock in a location quickly through Google Maps. Since Google Maps is powered with My Location service, you will able to lock a location even if your phone does not have a GPS chip. However, Ovi Maps will only be to find a destination if it is able to detect a  cell phone tower in the vicinity.
One of the advantages that you will get Ovi Maps is that you will be able to navigate even if your phone is offline. However, Google Maps require you to be connected to the internet for using navigation. This means you will be able to get the latest navigation information. On the Ovi Maps you can find third party applications such as Lonely Planet. You can even share your location on Facebook on Ovi Maps. You will not find any third party application on Google Maps.  However, you will able to make use of Google apps like Lattitude and Buzz on Google Maps.

Through My Maps which is a desktop version of Google Maps, you will be able to sync the same content on your cell phone.  Ovi Maps is also capable of doing this. However, it is not that user-friendly. The best feature of Ovi Maps is the voice guided turn by turn navigation. This means you will able to place your phone on the deck of your car and rely on it to guide you to your destination. You can download voice navigations in different languages. Google Maps lack this feature.

Another good thing about Ovi Maps is that the developers consistently release upgrades. However, we find ourselves using the same version of Google Maps for quite a long time. All smartphones from Nokia come with Ovi Maps and you can install Google Maps on your Nokia phone. However, Android phones that run Google Maps do not run the Ovi Maps navigation application.

August 20th, 2010

What is MeeGo OS?

MeeGo is an open source operating system and many leading cell phone manufacturers, network service providers and third party software companies are waiting for its release. It is a Linux-based OS and is believed to be compatible with wide range of devices such as desktop computers, notebooks, cell phones, tablet PCs and even television sets. MeeGo powered device will allow the users to go online and access entertainment whether the user it at home or traveling.

It has been revealed that the MeeGo OS is a merger between Nokia’s Maemo and Intel’s Moblin. Since MeeGo is backed up with powerful names like Nokia and Intel, many cell phone companies are waiting for its release so that they can make use of this OS. Since MeeGo is an open source project, developers will be able to modify MeeGo’s code so that they can test and develop new software and enhance the performance of the existing apps. Developers can access the Moblin and Maemo communities to discuss about the MeeGo OS.

The goal of developing the MeeGo OS is to provide users with an easy to use operating system and also to allow them to make use of existing software on compatible devices that were considered to be incompatible for running applications. Developers will be able to develop new applications that will be run on MeeGo supported devices.

MeeGo is a platform where new ideas and new possibilities can be brought to the user. MeeGo is also believed to be an OS that will provide the user with refreshingly new platform for communicating, playing multimedia files and for using office based applications. MeeGo will also bring some rich features to mobile

devices such as computation technology, graphic based apps, etc. It is expected to provide the user with a very simple user interface that is not only easy to use but will also let the user to customize it to the fullest.

All developers can participate in making MeeGo a successful OS by joining the Linux Foundation. MeeGo v1.0 is already available on few netbooks and very soon many other MeeGo powered devices are expected to hit the market. The Nokia N900 is also a device that runs MeeGo OS. If you want to know more about MeeGo, you can visit its official website i.e. http://meego.com.