Beta of Nokia Maps 3.08 with Weather is out, brings cleaned up UI and pretty weather forecasts

Beta of Nokia Maps 3.08 with Weather is out, brings cleaned up UI and pretty weather forecasts
Nokia Maps for Symbian is one of the best SatNav apps around and Nokia’s dev team is intent on making it better. Beta Labs just released a test version of Nokia Maps 3.08 with Weather, which brings a number of improvements, especially in the UI department.The new version offers more information before you start and while you’re driving, with an emphasis on live traffic info. It also comes with an attractive-looking dedicated weather app, which shows forecasts by the hour.
Nokia Maps 3.08 with Weather offers several easy access options to start navigating – there are buttons right on the home screen, you can navigate to a contact (the bug that crashed Maps when doing that has be squashed), a long tap gives you “Drive to” and “Walk to” options and finally, you have the Just drive options, which shows info on speed, speeding warnings and traffic info.Live traffic routing (available in Germany, France, US, UK and Russia) will automatically reroute you away from traffic jams (you just have to toggle the setting). Live traffic routing info is also included in the Drive start screen, so you know what conditions to expect from the get-go.

Nokia Maps 3.08 also lets you change settings even during navigation and the changes take effect immediately. The installation interface has been reworked and now give more detailed info of what’s going on. The new procedure requires an Internet connection the whole time it’s working and takes longer than the old one – the Beta Labs teasingly say it’s necessary for some cool new things that are coming.Finally, the Weather app gives you local conditions info by the hour and you can also look at the forecast for the next five days. Quite a bit of effort has gone into trying to make it look pretty – it almost feels like Nokia is trying to outdo HTC in the weather department.You can download Nokia Maps 3.08 with Weather right now – the app supports only Nokia N8, E7, E6.

C7, C6-01 and X7.What’s different in this version of Maps v3.08?
    * Cool Weather app - get local conditions by the hour and forecasts for the week
    * Live traffic routing info included into Drive start screen
    * Metric/imperial toggle from Drive UI removed
    * Search result details are easier to read
    * Cleaner UX framework
    * New SmartInstaller installation UI

What's different from v3.07?
Drive Enhancements:
    * Live traffic routing takes traffic information into account to avoid traffic jams automatically (available in Germany, France, US, UK and Russia).
    * Turn on "Avoid traffic" in your "Route settings" to take traffic conditions into account while you drive. Always get the best route for right now.
    * New Drive look & feel - home screen now has buttons for "Set destination," "Drive home" and "Just drive."
    * "Just drive" or Drive assistance shows your accurate speed, gives speed warnings, the distance driven and real time traffic.
    * New information bar on Drive navigation and Drive assistance screens.
    * Also easily toggle between Estimated Time of Arrival in minutes or distance to your destination - just tap the icon on the screen.
    * New option menus in Drive.
    * Set a contact as a destination.
    * Easily change your settings during Drive navigation. Changes in settings are immediate and can been seen instantly.

Additional improvements

    * Long tap is now available to give quick access to "Drive to," "Walk to," "Share" and various lists.
    * Settings reorganized to "General" "Maps & Walk" and "Drive."

Make a difference - give feedback!
Please share your thoughts, submit bugs or suggestion reports in the forum.  A first impression survey will be sent to you a few days after you download the app.

When you've had a chance to play around with Nokia Maps v3.08, please complete the following short User Experience Survey.Thank you for your participation  and contribution. Your feedback helps us to improve this new version of Nokia Maps.

Nokia Maps for mobile v3.08 is available on the following Symbian devices: Nokia N8, Nokia C6-01, Nokia C7-00, Nokia E7-00, Nokia E6-00, Nokia X7-00.  Please note that S60 3rd Edition, FP1 or 2 devices (non-Touch) and S60 5.0 will not be supported in this release.

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