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Nokia to equip future handsets with A-GPS service

Posted: 23 Jul 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:A-GPS service? GPS? future mobile handets?

Nokia Corp. is introducing a new mobile phone feature that helps Nokia Maps users find their current locations faster, and get to their desired locations quicker, using their phones with built-in GPS.

The Finnish handset maker intends to equip all its future GPS-enabled devices with Assisted GPS (A-GPS) service, which could reduce the time a connected mobile device needs to find its current position, known as time to first fix, in most geographical locations worldwide. The reduced fix times can increase and improve the usability of all Nokia location-based experiences.

In addition, the service operates in tandem with a technical framework that allows third parties, such as service providers, to provide their own regional A-GPS services, making fix times even faster in certain areasto the benefit of subscribers.

"By decreasing the time wasted while you wait for a first fix, we are increasing the enjoyment that Nokia Maps provides," says Ralph Eric Kunz, VP, multimedia experiences, Nokia. "Consumers now have the comfort of quick fix times, which create a better navigation experience when using Nokia Maps."

The first devices to use this service are the Nokia 6110 Navigator, which has begun shipping in select markets, and the most recent software release of the Nokia N95 multimedia computer. Current owners of the Nokia N95 can take advantage of this free service by using the Nokia Software Updater. This will update the firmware on the device to the latest version.

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