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This article was published on May 18, 2011


Nokia India to release a Google Places competitor?

Nokia India to release a Google Places competitor?
Vikas SN
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Vikas SN

Vikas SN is the Indian Editor at The Next Web and is based out of Bangalore, India. He is extremely interested in Indian startups and shiny Vikas SN is the Indian Editor at The Next Web and is based out of Bangalore, India. He is extremely interested in Indian startups and shiny gadgets. You can follow him on Twitter, Google+ or contact him via email at [email protected]

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.