TripAdvisor mobile app lands in the Nokia Ovi app store

TripAdvisor just announced the availability of a new app for Nokia touchscreen phones. The new app provides a familiar interface for mobile access to TripAdvisor reviews.

In the app, you’ll find reviews for hotels, restaurants, attractions and more, and just like in the iPhone version, you also get easy access to cheap airfares.

The app can be found in the Nokia Ovi app store, accessible on your device or though the Ovi web storefront. The app is free of charge, but obviously requires a data connection.

In addition to a dedicated Ovi app, TripAdvisor also announced integration with Ovi maps, making it easier to get walking and driving directions to any of the content provided by TripAdvisor. This new feature is being rolled out globally, and should be available within a month.

This new Nokia app marks the fourth platform supported by TripAdvisor – previous versions were available for the iPhone, Palm Pre and Android.

To learn more about the new Nokia TripAdvisor app, check out the brilliant TripAdvisor blog.

Nokia brings lifetime free turn-by-turn navigation and Lonely Planet guides to its smartphone lineup

Just last week, I wrote about the Nokia Ovi map service – and today, Nokia gave me one more reason to be impressed. As of today, the Nokia turn-by-turn navigation service will be available for free to all Nokia Smartphone owners.

There are one or two exceptions, but if you have a current generation Nokia device, you can leave your GPS unit at home.

Nokia is not the first to offer free navigation, Google announced it as a beta service in their maps application on Android devices, but unlike the Google offering, the Nokia navigation app does not require a data connection as all maps are stored locally.

It gets even better – because Nokia is also offering free Lonely Planet guides, free Michellin guides, free events guides and more. All this content used to be “premium”, but is now free as an add-on to the map application. And best of all – the maps, and all map updates will be free forever.

Next week, we’ll will bring you a full review of the free Nokia navigation application on their popular 5800 Navigation Edition smartphone. If you can’t wait – head on over to our friends at Engadget for their hands-on with the new free navigation app.