Nokia today announced that their newest version of Ovi Maps with free navigation has topped more than a million downloads in a week. Since the announcement on Jan 21, Ovi Maps has been downloaded 1.4m times and is currently averaging one download/second, which is astounding.
Nokia says free navigation was only possible due to its investment in NAVTEQ because they’re able to remove the costs associated with navigation for drivers and pedestrians.
Nokia had made this move in order to tackle Google’s free navigation move and seems to be in an advantageous position due to two major reasons. Their free navigation works worldwide (Google Maps works only in US for now) and second, it can be used offline so users don’t necessarily need a data connection to use GPS.
All new Nokia GPS-enabled phones will be pre-loaded with the software while the current supported phones include Nokia 97, Nokia N97 mini, Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, Nokia 5800 Navigation Edition, Nokia E52, Nokia E55, Nokia E72, Nokia 5230, Nokia 6710 Navigator, Nokia 6730 classic and Nokia X6.