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Amazon makes its Maps API available; Nokia is the wizard behind Amazon's mapping service

0. phoneArena posted on 17 Sep 2012, 14:02

Amazon is licensing the Nokia Location Platform for use on its amazon Kindle Fire tablets, according to a Nokia spokesman; the same platform is used to power Yahoo! Maps, some of the mapping features on Bing and, of course for Nokia Drive...

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posted on 17 Sep 2012, 14:19 4

1. Aeires (unregistered)

Nokia maps on an Android forked OS, keep it up Amazon and your tablet will start to have an identity crisis.

On a serious note, Nokia does have good quality. Wonder how much their maps cost in relation to Google maps?

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 01:47 1

11. rsxl5 (Posts: 65; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)

Used it last week on my Lumia 900 in Shanghai and worked good (speech recognition as well) ; it got me to destination properly but honestly I'm rather far from being satisfied with interface (not quality of the maps).

In short:
- if used in 'abc' alphabet countries should work good,
- if used in other alphabet countries not so good (unless you are willing to use mobile in that country language).

On ENG language OS chosen.
- When typed a place name in Chinese it send me 300km away to a place with the same name....
- When typed transcribed name target was correctly assigned.

Switching to Chinese OS provided me with a correct location in Shanghai if typed in Chinese but not with the same result if transcribed in English....

Never had that issue on Google Maps ; no matter which language I used always got me a correct location.

Apart of above:
a) names of streets on ENG OS are only in English,
And there is a danger because in the same city you may have two streets transcribed in the same way but in very different locations. The way Google maps presents data (both names visible on the map) makes sure that even if you don't speak Chinese you have at least a chance to graphically compare characters.

b) Current name of the street you are on at the moment (separated window at the top) is shown only in Chinese (without having it transcribed). So, on ENG language OS you have streets names on the map transcribed only but detailed window gives you Chinese characters only

I'm a Pole living in China and speaking Chinese but I do prefer to use mobile in Polish (or English) ; actually I'm forced to English OS because there is no way to manually point Speech Recognition system to English while on Polish OS... Well, looks like there is an assumption that one person is rather not able to communicate in more than one language.

** Just found out that descriptions in Chinese are completely ignored by TellMe... Have two contacts with the same name and one of them is additionally marked with Chinese name. Mobile is always trying to call the first on the list ignoring the fact that there are two of them.

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 14:23 6

2. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

Amazon is playing it smart

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 14:36

3. MartyK (Posts: 947; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)

Talking about biting the hand that feed you. (SMH)

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 15:45 2

4. ogy_dogy (Posts: 453; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)

Talking from experience Nokia maps are top quality, in some cases my nokia drive app is better than my garmin satnav. So amazon is playing it smart....

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 15:56

5. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4321; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

Come on, don't bite Nokia...
Even Apple still buys chips made by Samsung even after the lawsuit. It's business... And when they do it, they do it the right way.

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 16:09

6. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

Amazon is hell bent on becoming er, um something. Not content with being a sales channel, they are really riding high on the Kindle Fire wave. Don't know how long that will last, but only time will tell. Good luck to all parties involved. Amazon isn't part of Google's OMH are they?I have tried the Kindle Fire it's nice but a slow and heavy for a 7" device and not good looking in the least. Hope they can pull some better designs before this goes south.

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 16:14

7. rainyday (Posts: 44; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)

Let me see Amazon DeGoogle-ize that skinned android based os their tablets are running, then well talk.

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 16:20 4

8. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)

nokia license it, so they could get big bucks for that right?

nokia maps for mobile is really superior!

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 16:46 4

9. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

Nokia Maps are the best consumer-available in the world, so Amazon made a good choice.

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 20:01

10. lyndon420 (Posts: 5002; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

Something sinister is a foot. I smell a trap.

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