Nokia has today announced to bring the Here Maps for the Asha 501 phone running on the new Asha platform, a couple of days after launching the phone in India as well as in a few other Asian countries. Here Maps for Asha 501 can be downloaded from the Nokia Store. Also Read - Nokia HERE Maps to be sold to Audi, BMW, and Mercedes ‘within a few days’: WSJ
Here Maps for the Asha 501 will include the standard maps, location-based maps and include cars to personal navigation based features. It will allow users to search for places and addresses in close to 200 countries, along with driving routes and navigation, public transit and walk directions as list or map view. The Maps will also offer real-time traffic information.
The company has mentioned that the beta version of the Maps is specifically designed for smartphones without GPS, but is in a starting stage. Though there is no information on when would the Maps be taken out of the beta phase, Nokia has assured to soon update the public transit lines and satellite images in the beta version, and improve the overall experience over a period of time.
Nokia Asha 501 is the first and the only phone to run on the new Asha platform, which features a revamped user interface and comes with a number of new feature additions. The initiative of bringing Here maps will be an attraction to its users, and might also push the phone’s sales in the market.