Amazon snubs Google, teams up with Nokia for maps

Last Updated: Saturday, September 1, 2012 - 11:41

London: The next edition of Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet will introduce mapping services in partnership with Nokia, as the firm has snubbed Internet search giant Google.

Amazon is reportedly planning to release a new version of the Kindle Fire next Thursday.

According to people familiar with the matter, the new Kindle Fire will have mapping services provided by Nokia Oyj, the Telegraph reports.

This time the firm has decided to snub Google, whose Android mobile operating system powers the Kindle Fire platform.

According to the paper, the sources also claimed that the new Kindle Fire will have either a GPS chip or Wifi based positioning system, which will make the mapping services possible.

This will most likely include street maps as well as information about local businesses and traffic updates, the sources added.

According to the paper, Amazon will be the second major tech firm to drop Google maps.

Earlier, Apple announced its latest mobile operating system, iOS6, which runs on its own mapping system rather than using Google maps as previous versions had done.


First Published: Saturday, September 1, 2012 - 11:41

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