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The Kindle Fire line will have native maps apps thanks to Nokia

Amazon is joining forces with Nokia for mapping services in its new line of Kindle Fire tablets.

This may sound a bit strange, since the original Kindle Fire runs an altered version of the Google Android operating system. So naturally, many would expect the Fire to run Google Maps. Fire users are able to access Google Maps via the Web browser, but it was not an integrated app.

Instead, Amazon is looking to team up with Nokia for a native mapping app. Nokia is an ideal choice for a partner, considering it acquired Navteq in 2007 and has become one of the largest mapping companies.

Offering mapping capabilities will surely benefit the Kindle Fire line, allowing it to offer enhanced street maps, local business information, etc.

The new mapping venture comes at a crucial time for Amazon in terms of competition. Its first Kindle Fire, released in November 2011, was the first tablet to give Apple's iPad a run for its money. Ever since, more credible tablet alternatives have been introduced, upping the competition not only for the iPad, but for the Fire as well.

The original Fire is a 7-inch tablet with 8 GB of internal storage, Wi-Fi connectivity and the Android operating system -- all for $199. But tablets like Google's Nexus 7, which is also a 7-inch device for $199 but more features like added storage and a camera, are putting pressure on Amazon to release a new Kindle Fire with more punch.

Amazon is expected to announce one of the new versions of its Kindle Fire next Thursday. New rumored specs are a camera, external volume controls and 1280x800 resolution.

Source: Reuters

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Nokia (Navteq) maps
By mosu on 9/1/2012 9:00:23 AM , Rating: 3
Nokia produces the worst maps of Eastern Europe, only TomTom, former TeleAtlas makes more incomplete and outdated maps for Eastern Europe. Go Google!

RE: Nokia (Navteq) maps
By GulWestfale on 9/1/2012 10:26:33 AM , Rating: 3
why the hell would you want to go to eastern europe?

RE: Nokia (Navteq) maps
By Tony Swash on 9/1/2012 12:19:49 PM , Rating: 2
Krakow in the spring is sublime, Budapest is a fantastic city anytime , Prague lovely but a bit crowded, the Carparthians are glorious. Eastern Europe is full of hidden gems and would take a life time to explore. Go - you won't regret it.

RE: Nokia (Navteq) maps
By foolsgambit11 on 9/1/2012 1:06:28 PM , Rating: 2
Aren't you worried you'll run into Vigo on a jaunt through the Carpathians, though?

RE: Nokia (Navteq) maps
By Tony Swash on 9/1/2012 7:31:28 PM , Rating: 1
I did but I had loaded up with buckets of positively charged slime before the trip so it all turned out OK in the end :)

RE: Nokia (Navteq) maps
By hexxthalion on 9/4/2012 9:54:46 AM , Rating: 2
the lack of any sense of geography (or basic education) is striking - Slovakia, Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary are all in CENTRAL EUROPE not EASTERN EUROPE!!!!

RE: Nokia (Navteq) maps
By nafhan on 9/4/2012 2:31:18 PM , Rating: 2
The United Nations Statistics Division developed a selection of geographical regions ... the following ten countries were classified as Eastern Europe: Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, and Ukraine.
Of course, there are often many overlapping and conflicting definitions for things... but, check your facts before you start questioning people's education!

RE: Nokia (Navteq) maps
By Schadenfroh on 9/2/2012 4:38:07 PM , Rating: 4
Because these smoking hot Eastern European chicks seem so interested in us while we were backpacking and want us to stay at a Hostel over in Slovakia.

RE: Nokia (Navteq) maps
By Calin on 9/4/2012 4:24:18 AM , Rating: 2
Some people already are in the Eastern Europe. As for why visit, you could see buildings older than the discovery of America (some of them even older than the supposed discovery of America by vikings in the eleventh century).

RE: Nokia (Navteq) maps
By Reclaimer77 on 9/1/12, Rating: -1
“Then they pop up and say ‘Hello, surprise! Give us your money or we will shut you down!' Screw them. Seriously, screw them. You can quote me on that.” -- Newegg Chief Legal Officer Lee Cheng referencing patent trolls

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