Nokia Messaging, a new service to be launched by Nokia was announced during the event. In essence, it is a push email offering, which will allow users to have their messages retrieved from various email services such as Yahoo Mail, Gmail, AOL mail or ISP-based account and sent to their Series 40 or S60 phones. Currently in beta testing, the service allows 6 email accounts to be pushed/synchronized, but we learned that the next version expected in a few weeks will support up to 10. Once the application is installed on a client’s device, Nokia claims that in majority of cases, everything that is required will be username and password, without the need of knowing incoming/outgoing servers, ports or other settings. The client supports attachment viewing, IMAP folders, auto-fill of the address fields from the phone’s phonebook.
The commercial launch in Q1 2009 will include 8 countries, and should reach 30+ by the end of the year.
The second service part of Nokia Messaging is the IM client, which allows simultaneous presence on different IM services, such as Yahoo, ICQ, Windows Live, and AOL.
The push email and IM integration will be primarily marketed and offered through the operators (hello special messaging/data plans), but the push email will supposedly be available as open distribution as well.
For those not having an email account anywhere else, and does not know how to spell gmail.com, Nokia will generously offer you a free email account on their Ovi servers, with a full 1GB of space available (compared to about 7.5GB currently available from Gmail).
Nokia Maps 3.0
Nokia Maps, a popular navigation software for Nokia devices just reached version 3 (or that version was announced) offering several substantial improvements. First in a nutshell, there is the free version, which doesn’t offer real turn-by-turn navigation. If you want that, currently with version 2.x you’ll have to shell out between $24.99 for walk license for the US only, up to $49.99 for all regions or if you want walk and drive, the total will be between $69.99 up to $129.99 (same prices but in Euros are valid for the EU). That is now and until 3.0 version is released. When this happens, the yearly price will go down to $59.99 for one year, walk and drive, all 80 countries currently supported.
3D imagery of buildings and placed of interest, terrain view and route planning and favorites synchronization between a PC and a Nokia device. The minor improvements include high-res satellite images, better pedestrian mode to name a few. If you want, the whole map of the World could be downloaded and installed on your phone which will require about 4.4 GB. Keep in mind that satellite and terrain views are not downloaded and only available via OTA download as their size according to Nokia is about 10-12 TB!
For an additional 10-15$, premium services will be offered which will include traffic, safety and speed traps information.