Photorealism comes to Nokia's 3D Ovi Maps

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Nokia have updated their Ovi Maps service to add an impressive amount of detail to the Google Maps competitor, bringing photo-realistic 3D views of 20 major cities to the table.

London, San Francisco, Oslo, Copenhagen and Helsinki among others can be fully explored, scaled and viewed from nearly any perspective. While it’s not the first time it’s been done (Bing and Google have already touted 3D services) it’s by far the most visually arresting.

“Ovi Maps’ photorealistic 3D models of metropolitan areas are a significant step towards our vision of bridging the real and virtual world, with location-based services being the glue,” said Michael Halbherr, senior vice president at Nokia.

Before you start running to your N8 for your detailed-mapping-fix, take note: the service is only available through a desktop browser. But at least it’s open to everyone because of that, no matter what brand of phone you own.

Head on over to www.maps.ovi.com/3D to give it a whirl.

Gerald Lynch