Nokia updates Transport for Windows Phone with new UI

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Nokia (NYSE:NOK) released version 2.3 of its Transport application for Lumia smartphones running Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone, promising commuters more efficient access to public transit information.

Transport offers free, one-tap access to routes, schedules and timetables spanning 550 cities worldwide, leveraging the user's current location to identify nearby stations and corresponding walking directions. Version 2.3 touts a more intuitive user interface highlighted by more 'glanceable' icons enabling users to more quickly absorb the information on their smartphone screen, allowing them to focus more of their attention on their physical surroundings than on-device data. Each mode of public transportation (e.g., bus, train or subway) is represented by its own icon, and destinations like hotels, restaurants and shops have new icons as well. Users can also find their way back to a previous starting point by swiping left or right on the app's start screen and tapping on the desired route option.

The revamped Transport also brings automatic over-the-air updates detailing service changes, new routes and newly supported cities along with a new search feature that prioritizes station information at the top of the query results.

Nokia first introduced Transport earlier this year. The app is available across the Lumia 610, 710, 800 and 900. The handset maker plans to expand Transport to the Lumia 920 and 820 in the near future.

Public transit information is one of the key features missing from the much-maligned Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) Maps platform, introduced last month as part of Apple's iOS 6 mobile operating system update. Nokia has taken advantage of Apple's misstep to promote its own mapping services. "Our superior apps are built on the most accurate, automotive-grade Navteq maps, meticulously developed by over 20 years of know-how," wrote Nokia Maps team member Pino Bonetti in a recent blog post. "We believe that the best user experience comes indeed from precise data, robust processing of core platform functionalities like routing, geocoding and traffic and by user-friendly apps. All this cannot be built overnight."

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