O.k., o.k., so the hype around the Nokia Open Studio in New York last week has calmed down a bit. However, I still keep thinking about all those new possibilites with the Nokia N95’s built in GPS receiver module and navigation software will have. So here’s my killer application for it:
Regularly, just like two days ago again, I am talking five minutes on the phone to tell people where I am at the moment and where they can find me. Sometimes it’s complicated because I don’t really know where I am exactly and sometimes the other person does not know his/her way around in the city. Three calls and half an hour later we usually meet. No more with the N95! To tell somebody where you are, you just need to enter the navigation application and send your current location via SMS to the other party who hopefully also has an N95 in his/her hand. The SMS is usually received instantly and the navigation application can take my coordinates right out of the SMS. Two or three clicks later and the software calculates the shortest way to me. It’s already in the package. Take a look at this video which shows the mapping software on the N95.
There’s one thing that is critical for the scenario above and I hope they’ve done it right:
- The startup time of the GPS module should be less than 20 seconds to the first fix.
Other potential killer applications which I would wish for:
- Put location data into taken images
- Plan a trip on the PC, download trip info to the N95 and then navigate with it
- Take a picture, geodate it, upload to Flickr or another site for others to see in their N95 mapping application.
- … much more once I get such a phone into my hands to try it out for myself.