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Nokia Ovi Maps coming to Android & Winmo phones

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Nokia Ovi Maps coming to Android & Winmo phones

Nokia users with Symbian mobiles have been enjoying the Ovi Maps app for a while, and they're seemingly set to be joined by owners of Windows Mobile and Android phones.

Version 3.03 of Ovi Maps recently brought full turn-by-turn navigation to the masses free of charge, with the Maemo 5 version for the Nokia N900 reportedly in the works.

Now Nokia's Greig Williams has revealed that porting the software for Android and Windows Mobile "will be the next step" in the evolution of the mapping software.

Mr Williams disclosed the firm's intentions in an interview with Austrian publication Die Presse, although would not be drawn as to whether Nokia had set a deadline for the launch of the multi-platform version of Ovi Maps.

Ovi Maps has a significant advantage over its main rival, Google Maps, because it can offer navigation anywhere in the world, whilst Google's product limits this function to use in the USA.

The main hurdle now facing Nokia may be the unwillingness of rival manufacturers to showcase its software on their own smartphones.

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