Nokia Beta Labs has just announced the release of a major update for their Nokia Maps 3.0 Beta app. Aside from fixing bugs, this update adds 2D/3D mode functionality as well as map rotation to allow 3D viewing of landmarks in any direction. It also now synchronizes with Ovi Maps when used in online mode.

Here’s a full rundown of what this new update brings to the table:

- Start-up sequence takes you to your current position as soon as position is found. If your position is not found in few seconds, you are taken to last known position
- You can rotate the map, so you can for example view 3D landmarks from all directions. Just press 4 and 6 in map view. Pressing 5 takes you back to ‘north up’ view
- In 3D view mode, you can tilt the view by pressing 2 and 8
- 2D/3D mode works with all map modes, i.e. with Map/Satellite/Terrain
- My Favourites menu is cleaned up and History list is moved higher in menu
- My Places has option “Point me to” for any saved place/landmark, you the direction to that place on the map
- In addition to the synchronisation of Favourites and Collections with Ovi MapsBeta and vice versa (use in online mode, enable Internet connection), you can now plan routings on Ovi MapsBeta and synchronise to your device

Nokia Maps 3.0 Beta is compatible with S60 3rd Edition FP 1 running devices such as the E71, E66, 6110 Navigator, N95/8GB, and N82 as well as with S60 3rd Edition FP 2 based phones like the N96, N85, 6650, 6210 Navigator, 6220 Classic and the N78.

So, if you’ve got any of the phones mentioned above, take this new Nokia Maps 3.0 Beta for a spin and tell us what you think. After all, it’s free to download so there’s really no reason not to give it a try.