Just a few days after Google’s release of the GPS-enabled Google Maps for Windows Mobile, Nokia announced today that it will make the smart2go navigation and mapping software available as a free download.
According to the original press release, the set release date for S60 and Windows Mobile 5.0 is in two days (this Saturday, February, 10th).
UPDATE: The software is still not available for download yet. Nokia seems to have deferred the release date to “when it’s done” 😀
ONE MORE UPDATE: It’s done – the software has become available today (with a short delay of 3 days) in a Windows Mobile 5.0, a Symbian S60 and apparantly a Palm OS version for the Treo 650w.
One thing that’s particularly neat about smart2go is that it can run in offline mode: Map data can be downloaded in packages and stored locally on the mobile device. Hence there’s no need for constant connectivity while using the app. That’s not only great for devices without GPRS/UMTS functionality (which is still true of most Windows Mobile devices) but is generally good news to anyone for whom data cost is an issue (as I also noted in my earlier post on Google Maps for Mobile).
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