Nokia Point & Find

Nokia really drives me nuts sometimes.  Iceman and I saw this programme last night which showed that Google was trying out this new software that will allow Android users to use the handphone camera to snap a picture of an object that the user wants more information on, and the software will do the rest.

I told Iceman that I recall seeing something similar for Nokia phones.  I did a quick search today and found out the name for it – Nokia Point & Find.  This (if I’m not wrong), was launched in Nov 2009 but as usual, minimal publicity has been done for it.  I came across it the last time purely by chance. 

Nokia’s Point & Find isn’t available for the X6 yet (ironically, it’s available for my old N82) but the list of models that it can work on is expanding.  For more information, please see: and

5 Reasons Nokia Ovi Maps And Navigation Will Beat Google


By Andrew R Hickey, ChannelWeb

4:33 PM EST Thu. Jan. 21, 2010

Nokia on Thursday unveiled the latest version of its Ovi Maps application, which introduces free turn-by-turn voice navigation and directions for driving and walking to Nokia smartphones.

Many see Nokia’s new Ovi Maps release as the Finnish mobility giant’s slap at Google, which added similar functionality to its Google Android mobile operating system in October when it released Google Maps Navigation, which takes elements from the widely used Google Maps and Google Street View and layers voice search and turn-by-turn voice directions

Here are five reasons why Nokia’s Ovi Maps offering will beat Google for Smartphone-based maps and navigation supremacy.

1. Nokia Is The Leader In The Mobile Phone Market.

Nokia is the world’s largest manufacturer of mobile phones and has the largest global installed base. While Google Android is still in its infancy, it is an uphill climb for Google to gain the mobile momentum that Nokia has established. Nokia adding Ovi Maps navigation and turn-by-turn walking and driving directions to its smartphone line will put navigation and GPS capabilities into more hands across the globe. According to a Canalys report, the installed-base of smartphones with integrated GPS was 163 million in 2009 and Nokia accounted for more than half of them, 83 million to be exact.

2. Nokia Ovi Maps Is More Widely Available.

The new version of Nokia Ovi Maps includes high-end car and pedestrian navigation features like turn-by-turn voice guidance for 74 countries, in 46 languages, and traffic information for more than 10 countries. It also adds detailed maps for more than 180 countries. Google offers free car navigation in the U.S. only.

3. Nokia Ovi Maps Will Be Available On More Devices.

At its launch, 10 Nokia devices will support Nokia Ovi Maps, including the N97 mini, the 5800 XpressMusic and the E72. More phones will be added in the coming weeks and come March Nokia plans to start releasing new phones with the Ovi Mapssoftware pre-installed. Google Maps Navigation got its start on the Motorola Droid in October. Since then it has also been made available pre-installed on the Google Nexus One.

4. Nokia Ovi Maps Can Work Offline.

There’s nothing worse than trying to find your way and not having a connection to do so. Nokia Maps Ovi uses a hybrid system that can operate both when it is connected to the Internet and when it is completely offline, meaning when you can’t catch network coverage you can still get directions. Google Maps Navigation requires a connection.

5. Nokia Is Packing In A Host Of Other Features.

Included with Nokia Ovi Maps are a host of additional services not offered by Google Maps Navigation. Nokia Ovi Maps gives free access to traffic data and travel guides from Lonely Planet. It also ties in other location-based services with a location-sharing feature that works directly with Facebook.


Monday morning 10:08am.  Everyone around me is trying to work – some on the phone brokering deals, most clearing e-mails that came in over the weekend, Shaker and Atas are having a discussion about their regional policy and I’m trying to prepare for a conference call at 11:30am.  I am distracted, however, thanks to Bubbs’ boss chatting away with Bouncy about his weekend outing to Botanical Gardens & now about the news he read this morning.  Good grief.  As an associate director, I expect him to work harder in bringing in new clients to replace the ones he lost last year, rather then spend time chit chatting with his staff.  So irritating.