Nokia will open its Ovi Maps Player API and Ovi Maps Navigation API to developers, just two months after the new and improved version was released. Niklas Savander, executive vice president of services, says the API will allow developers to create location-based apps that are more relevant to the user.
Using location to filter content means more accurate search results, or opens the way for targeted advertising for nearby companies. On Ovi Maps, developers will also be able to add both walk and drive navigation instruction to any app, in the 70 countries covered by Nokia.
Check out Ground Guidance, the winning app in a recent Nokia developer competition, which uses Ovi Maps to produce the safest route around obstacles in rugged, road free terrain.