Now that I’ve asked my questions in the virtual press conference and had some time to reflect on the answers, I’m ready to deliver my verdict on the Ovi Maps navigation free-for-all.
It’s a big news day for Nokia — they’ve announced that turn-by-turn directions is to be made free worldwide on Ovi Maps, their mapping app for S60 and Maemo devices. I’ve been invited to a virtual Q&A regarding the announcement, and in the spirit of sharing I’m inviting you to join in too!
Here are three of my revelations about touch devices thus far. It may be old news to you but I’ve not been a fan of such things until now, so my change of heart is a pretty big deal.
There’s one thing about the N900’s Debian-based Maemo OS that I find bewildering and infuriating at the same time. It’s the lack of full support for SyncML — and in its place, Microsoft Exchange (?!)
It’s great to see mobile devices running more open operating systems, but there’s another part of the equation that — at least in North America — is a real problem for innovation in the mobile space.
I’m talking about the carriers.