Got a Nokia phone? Get Maps 2.0

Today at the Mobile World Congress Nokia announced the Beta release of Nokia Maps 2.0. This is for pedestrians but could be adapted for cycling use.

Nokia Maps 2.0 adds Walk, a “pedestrian focused navigation component to the application, while still offering Drive, a world class car navigation system. The pedestrian navigation efficiently walks you from A to B with visual turn- by-turn guidance. It helps you to locate yourself by giving information about the surrounding buildings, streets and parks (including pathways through the park) and in newer handsets, like the Nokia 6210 Navigator, points the direction in which you are walking; using the handset’s built in compass for orientation.”

As with the previous version of Nokia Maps, map users will receive a free 3-day Navigation trial, for Walk and Drive, plus an additional free 10 minute City Guide trial.

“By taking navigation services out of the car and onto the sidewalk, Nokia is enabling people to explore and discover what’s around them with the confidence of a local,” said Michael Halbherr, vice president, Nokia location based services.

“By combining the integrated compass of the Nokia 6210 Navigator, with the speed and accuracy of assisted GPS, Nokia Maps 2.0 provides a unique experience with which other less accurate mobile navigation applications can’t compete.”

If your Nokia device doesn’t have built-in GPS, you can also use an external GPS module with a compatible device.

Want a bigger screen? I use SatMap’s Active10 GPS on my handlebars. This flagh your location via a flashing red dot on real OS maps.