Ovi Maps Beta also available after Nokia World keynote announcement

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The latest beta version of Ovi Maps, demonstrated at Nokia World this morning, is now available from the Nokia Beta Labs. New additions include a new menu with one touch access to popular features and improved searching. Compatible with S60 v5 devices, including the newly announced N97 Mini, be aware that this is an early release, but you can download it direct from Nokia.

From the Beta Labs website, the changes in this beta version are:

  • Improved application start up
  • Brand new menu with one touch access to content and services
  • New and improved one-box search
  • New features in car navigation service: ‘Drive home’ and ‘Track me’,
  • New features in the pedestrian navigation service: ‘Walk home’ and ‘Track me’,
  • Text-to-speech for voice guidance in car and pedestrian navigation, currently available for English and German. More languages will follow for the commercial release.
  • Features currently not supported in this release:
    • English only for the application language:
    • Other languages will follow in the commercial release
    • No satellite and terrain maps (only in Walk mode)
    • Traffic updates options are only manual or timed, e.g. Every 5, 10, 20, 40 minutes.

Downlaod and read more at the Nokia Beta Labs site.