Here Maps for Nokia Asha 501 unleashed

Here Maps

The Here Maps suite which has already been available for Windows Phone 8, Firefox, mHTML5 and Android platforms has been released for the Nokia Asha 501, bringing it to the company’s latest mobile OS. Recently, Nokia has been showing the feature phone segment a lot of love through multiple new additions which include the 207, 208 and 210, to name a few.

With the software arriving on the Nokia Asha 501, owners will be able to search for places and addresses in around 200 countries. Additionally, they will be able to get directions for driving or walking to specific locations as well as public transit information through a map view or in a list layout.

For those wondering how this is made possible on the Nokia Asha 501 which doesn’t have a GPS module, the company hasn’t specified the technique used, but it most like utilizes network triangulation to attain location data. The Here Maps service also delivers real-time traffic information, a standard map view and satellite images amongst others.

UI Screenshots

That’s basically all the information provided on Here Maps. Now, let’s take a quick look at the Nokia Asha 501 smartphone. Running on the company’s latest mobile OS, the handset comes with a touch form factor which sports a 3-inch QVGA screen and a back button on the front, while the rear shows of a 3.2MP camera.

The main highlights here include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, 32GB microSD expansion and a large 1200mAh battery. The handset can deliver approximately 17 hours of 2G talktime, 1,152 hours of standby or 56 hours of music playback.

It’s good to see the company offer rich features even for budget handsets like the Asha 501. Currently, the Here Maps service is in the beta stage and the Finnish giant has promised to incorporate more features (hopefully offline navigation) through future updates. The tool can be downloaded through the store for free.