Nokia India will soon be offering a location based service called “Search” through which users can discover information about a specific location and local information around it, at the touch of a button.

Speaking at an event, Nokia India’s Director of Operator Channel, V Ramnath said:

“We are planning to introduce the ‘Search’ option that gives out details about a particular locality or anything you want to know. For example, if you want to know a food joint in Nungambakkam (in Chennai), it will give out the details of food joints present nearby”.

He also added that this new feature will help users to identify a place or a shopping mall or a food joint direct from their mobile phones.

From the looks of it, this service seems to be a direct competitor to Google Places. However there are no concrete details about this service, its availability or whether this service will be a standalone feature or will be a part of the soon to be re-branded Nokia Maps. We’ll keep our eyes open and let you know of any new developments as it happens.