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Nokia releases Transit beta app for Asha touch phones

Users can save favorite trips for offline access

Nokia has released a beta version of its Transit app to be used on Asha touch phones to help users find their way when travelling on public transport.

The application is already available for its Windows Phone-based smartphones. The version for its Asha touch phones allows users to save favorite trips for offline usage, which lets them save time and money on data plans, Nokia said ina blog post on Tuesday.

The app works with the Asha 305, 306, 308, 309 and 311, according to the blog post. The latest addition to the Asha range, the 310, isn't listed, but the Tranist app should work on it since it uses the same underlying OS. Although the app hasn't been explicitly tested on Nokia Asha 310, it is compatible with the device, a Nokia spokeswoman said via email.

The Asha 310 was announced by Nokia last month and is the first model from the company that offers slots for two SIM cards as well as Wi-Fi for faster data access.

Nokia doesn't give any details on when a final version of the Transit application is to be released. But the company said that it is likely "to graduate to a commercial product."

The battle for the advanced feature phone market has recently become more competitive. Last month, Samsung Electronics launched the REX family, which will compete with Nokia in countries like India and Brazil.

The Asha family has given Nokia some respite while it struggles with sales of its Windows Phone-based Lumia family. During the last three months of 2012 it sold 9.3 million Asha touch phones, compared to 4.4 million Lumia smartphones.

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