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Amazon ties up with Nokia for mapping services

US: Amazon.com has picked up Nokia over Google for mapping services, according to a report published in Reuters. The company’s new Kindle Fire will have mapping services via a tie-up with Nokia.

Amazon will also add location capabilities to the new Kindle Fire, which requires either a GPS chip or a process known as WiFi triangulation, according to the report.

Mapping services, which are popular features on tablets, typically include street maps, information about local businesses and sometimes traffic status. They can also support navigation instructions and third-party applications that depend on location information, such as travel services.

Amazon will release at least one new version of the Kindle Fire next week, as per the report.

Source: Reuters