In spite of the fact that the Nokia Asha 501 does not have built-in GPS, it will now offer guidance for turn-by-turn navigation, albeit with a little assistance from Here Maps Beta. The application in question may be new to the Asha range, but it is already available on a number of other platforms like Windows Phone 8, Android, Firefox OS and mHTML5.
The app has especially been designed for phones without GPS and considering that it is the beta version the software will receive updates on a regular basis. Subscribers have the option of viewing the application in either the list or the map view and it can even be used for details regarding public transports. Pedestrians can get walking directions for their destinations complete with all the buildings, parks and more that are in the way for accurate navigation.
As far as vehicle drivers are concerned, they will be glad to know that apart from turn-by-turn directions, they can expect the application to bring real time traffic updates to the table. Also, traffic conditions will be visible on the map itself so users can choose a route accordingly to cut down on their traveling time.
Public transit lines for as many as 196 nations can also be found on the utility. Satellite images are already available alongside the standard map view, but the company’s official Conversations blog has revealed that upgraded, better quality versions of these pictures will soon be released for this app’s subscribers.
The Nokia Asha 501 that is now compatible with Here Maps, borrows certain design qualities from the Lumia series and is available in hues like cyan, magenta, yellow, green, white and black. Based on an all new Asha platform, the gadget brings a 3-inch touchscreen, a 3.2MP fixed focus camera and a 1200mAh battery amongst a number of other things. It goes without saying that potential buyers can even browse the web using this device.
The Here Maps Beta is now available for the Asha 501, free of charge through the company’s app store.