BlackBerry Maps Adds 34 More Countries and Points of Interest

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BlackBerry Maps has been extended to 34 new countries including Australia, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, New Zealand, The Philippines and Taiwan. There are still a few regions such as North Africa, the Middle East and East Asia, and Western Latin America that are not covered but I’m sure we’ll see announcements about coverage in these areas soon enough.

Another announcement from the BlackBerry Maps team is that they have optimized the visual appearance of the maps with a a stronger rendering engine as well as with a new color scheme. In this new visual appearance you’ll also find points of interest (POI) databases for hospitals, universities/colleges, police stations, train/subway stations, shopping centers, parking, parks and airports. See the above diagram for an idea of the changes.

With these new adjustments, is it enough to use BlackBerry Maps over something like Google Maps? The BlackBerry 6 integration is helpful and makes the process more streamlined, so perhaps native will always win in the end.

  • cabbnut

    Until they add public transit and bicycle travel planner to BB Maps, I won’t be getting rid of Google Maps!

  • Fmm

    If only AT&T didn’t disable BB Maps on the Torch ……..

  • PDADoc

    That’s all fine and good, but what about 3D MAPPING???? How hard could it be????

  • Mike Szeller

    Still no coverage of Bermuda where I live. Google maps does cover Bermuda now (not 100% as driving directions are still not working right, but 1000x better than what BB Maps has, which is a oblong blob.

  • Mike Szeller

    Still no coverage of Bermuda where I live. Google maps does cover Bermuda now (not 100% as driving directions are still not working right, but 1000x better than what BB Maps has, which is a oblong blob.

  • Tony

    Sad thing is, Venezuela is HUGE with BlackBerry, and those fuckers haven’t given us a proper map.