Nokia Says Free Ovi Maps Navigation App Not a Category Killer: 3rd Parties Can Add Location Based Value Apps

Looks like Nokia’s free navigation app has “googled” (small “g”) the competition. Just as Google headed-off over-the-air navigation apps for the Android by introducing turn-by-turn navigation within Google Maps, Nokia released their own free navigation app for their touch-screen S60 smartphones…

Ovi Maps with free navigation – 1 million downloads in a week

Or did they? Nokia doesn’t seem to consider Ovi Maps to be a category killing app. After tallying up a big first week download number, Nokia Executive VP said: This is great news for our third party application developers. Within a matter of days there is an installed base of more than 1 million active users all potentially hungry for new and innovative location-aware apps. So, kind of value-added location-aware apps can we expect to see? When new Nokia smartphone start shipping with Ovi Maps pre-installed next month, new Nokia phone owners will also find free Michelin and Lonely Planet travel guides on their phone to enhance walk and drive navigation.