ovimaps3dNokia hasn’t been doing too hot on the smartphone and feature phone scenes of late, and it is no wonder why – their software (operating system in this case) has failed to be innovative enough to keep up with the times, what with touchscreen capability being all the rage amongst its rivals with specially catered operating systems, and Symbian being plain unable to maintain its pace.

Well, other companies do have their own navigation software on the smartphone like Google Maps, but Nokia has their own version as well for some time already known as Ovi Maps. This time around, an update has been introduced in the latest version known as Ovi Maps 3D to make sure it does not fall further behind pace with its competitors.

This is a browser-based app that is capable of rendering a true 3D, textured version of a map complete with buildings, landscapes, and other key points. Of course, depending on select cases, it might even be broken down into individual tree level for added detail. Famous landmarks will let you enjoy quick shortcuts, while large areas could receive special fly-overs for you to view its features. So far, initial access is very limited to just major cities including London, New York, and San Francisco, and we do hope that the final, polished version will be a lot more encompassing. Nokia has yet to release plans on its finished stage or word on expanding the feature on mobile platforms.

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