Nokia new A-GPS service
Espoo - This Assisted GPS (A-GPS) service helps
Nokia Maps users find their current locations faster and get to their desired
locations quicker using their Nokia mobile device with built-in GPS.
Nokia intends to equip all of its future devices that have built-in GPS with
this service. 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. http://www.nokia.com/softwareupdate. This will
update the firmware on the device to the latest version.
This service has the ability to reduce the time a connected mobile device
with built in GPS needs to find its current position, known as time to first fix
(TTFF) for most geographical locations worldwide. The reduced fix times can
increase and improve the usability for all Nokia location-based experiences.
"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,
vice-president, multimedia experiences, Nokia. "Consumers now have the comfort
of quick fix times which create a better navigation experience when using Nokia
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 areas- to the benefit of their
The Nokia Software Updater is a free PC application that enables people to
update the device software on compatible Nokia devices. The Nokia Software
Updater is available in almost 40 different languages. The link to Nokia
Software Updater is also available in the most recent versions of Nokia PC Suite
software. Nokia Software updater has been used over two million times to update
Nokia devices since it was introduced almost one year ago.