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GPS Navigation Coming to Nokia 770 Internet Tablet

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Navicore, a specialist in navigation software for feature phones and smartphones (including Symbian OS S60, S80 and UIQ handsets), is porting its GPS (global positioning system) software, Navicore Personal 2007, to Linux for Nokia's 770 Internet Tablet. This is the first such solution for the handheld, which is designed to access the Web through a Wi-Fi connection for browsing, e-mail, VoIP calling and instant messaging.

The Navicore Personal 2007 software features maps, turn-by-turn directions, and points-of-interest data from Tele Atlas, which provides the same type of information to many other companies, including TomTom and RIM (for its new BlackBerry Maps application), for example.

It will be made available in Europe as part of a standalone bundle - including Navicore Personal 2007, a Bluetooth GPS receiver and a car holder - for 199 Euros (about $248), or as a total package that also packs the Nokia 770 itself this December. Both will feature UK and continental Europe street-level maps.

If you want to use the GPS solution in the U.S., it looks like you're going to have to buy optional American street maps, as Navicore hasn't revealed plans to release a version of either Navicore Personal 2007 bundles in the states - at least not yet.

The 770 comes with applications to read RSS news feeds, listen to audio, watch video, and view images. While its Wi-Fi radio lets users access the Internet via broadband, support for Bluetooth enables you to use the tablet in conjunction with a Bluetooth-enabled phone or other peripherals, like the GPS receiver mentioned above.

It has 64 MB of RAM and a RS-MMC (reduced-size MultiMediaCard) slot for memory expansion.

The 770's landscape touch screen display measures 4.1 inches diagonally and it runs at a healthy 800 x 480 pixel resolution. The unit measures 5.1 x 3.1 x 0.75 inches (141 x 79 x 19 millimeters) and weighs 8.3 ounces (230 grams).

Story courtesy of PDAStreet.