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Samsung phones to use Navteq data

USA–Samsung will use Navteq maps on several of its handsets and will have access to all 76 countries in the NAVTEQ map database. The agreement also allows Samsung Electronics the rights to utilise NAVTEQ content including Visual Content, Speed Limits, Extended Lanes and NAVTEQ Discover Cities. This robust and comprehensive portfolio is designed to enhance navigation device functionality.

Acquired by Nokia in 2008 for about $8.1 billion, Navteq currently provides GIS data and digital navigation maps for companies like Garmin, Yahoo and BMW.

The first Samsung phone to use Nokia’s Navteq maps is the Omnia HD i8910, which should be available starting May, coming with Symbian S60 5th Edition on board. Nokia’s Symbian smartphones are already using Navteq data, which is integrated in the Nokia Maps service.