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Flickr integrates Nokia Maps for improved geotagging

Flickr announced on 28 June that it has partnered with Nokia for an all-new online maps function.

Up-to-date maps now provide greater levels of detail and allow closer zooming than before, thanks to Nokia's map style and satellite images, as well as continued Open Street Map (OSM) integration for areas where commercial maps didn't have full coverage.

The Yahoo-owned photo- and video-hosting site already has tools in place to allow users to geotag photos using location data, but "we wanted to make sure that the quality of our maps meets our high standards," the company's head of product, Markus Spiering, wrote on Flickr's blog.

"One amazing thing about Flickr is that you travel all across the world and take photos," he wrote. "We need to have the best maps – even in the most exotic places."

The new maps are now available for all Flickr users.

Earlier this year, Nokia turned its online maps function into a voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation app for iOS and Android.

Windows Phone-based Lumia devices also got a new toy when Nokia unveiled an augmented reality app, dubbed City Lens, that uses the phone's camera to show restaurants, stores and other venues in users' immediate vicinity.