Nokia has announced Nokia Transport and Reading apps at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, along with updates for its existing apps for the Windows Phone 7.
The updates will be available at the Windows Phone marketplace from next month and includes improvements in Nokia Maps, and the Nokia Drive, full with offline use (you can stop complaining now) and feature speed limit alerts.
Coming to the new apps, the Nokia Transport was first announced at CES in January. His one will let you plan your journeys in 46 major cities across the world, through train, underground, tram, monorail, and bus. It will tell you the quickest route from one point to another.
Next one is Nokia Reading, which is more than just buying books and reading on the go. Users can choose the font size, brightness of the screen as well as whether the text is black on white or white on black.
The app also includes news feeds from other websites-you can add your own RSS feed-based on a variety of subjects. This one will be available in April, no sign-in or subscription.
Nokia claims that the number of pre-orders for the Lumia 800 smartphone in the U.K. are higher than for any previous Nokia smartphone.
"The level of pre-orders, as well as reaction in shops today, lead us to be very positive about the launch of the Nokia Lumia 800," said U.K.-based Nokia spokesperson Ray Haddow. "The public have had hands on in many retail stores over the past week and were in store in abundance today, not only trying out this amazing device, but signing up for some of the great deals available."
The Lumia 800 is the first of Nokia’s new Windows Phone 7 Mango smartphones to reach the market. It is vital that Nokia’s Windows Phone devices succeed–lest the company’s future in the smartphone business become imperiled.
"We’ve had lots of people saying that they intend to switch to the Nokia Lumia 800 at their next upgrade," concluded Harrow. The Lumia 800 reached U.K. stores today and went on sale in Germany on Tuesday. It reaches France on Thursday, where pre-orders have also been high.
The Lumia looks nearly identical to the equally-attractive N9. It is minimalist in its design and manages to look simple yet modern. It includes a number of must-have features, but still manages to miss a few steps here and there.