Nokia the first to get approval from China for its online mapping service

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Good news for Nokia, as the Finnish company is slated to be the first company to receive approval from China for its online mapping service. Nokia submitted an application for its Ovi Maps when a new Chinese law requiring regulatory approval for all online mapping services went into effect in June 2010. According to a representative from the the State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping, Nokia’s application is slated to get the rubber stamp of approval from China’s regulatory body and will be subject to public opinion before receiving final approval. Though twenty-six companies are currently seeking approval, Google and Microsoft have not submitted an application for their respective mapping services. With all the drama surrounding Nokia and its Symbian^3 OS, it is a refreshing change to see the Espoo-based company get some positive press.

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