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One of Nokia’s big announcements today was the introduction of Nokia Drive, Nokia’s proprietary voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation tool. I got a demo from Adrian, a Nokia Drive Product Manager, and he showed me the ins and outs of Nokia Drive and why it’s looking like it will be a really handy Windows Phone tool:
Nokia Drive will likely be a really great complement to Windows Phone’s already excellent built-in navigation via Bing Maps. What I like about Nokia Drive is that it’s interface is different enough from Bing Maps that it lend itself well to certain situations, specifically driving. I could see myself using Nokia Drive when I’m in the car (I spend a lot of time in rental cars without GPS), but will be sticking with Bing Maps for local stuff and when I’m traveling by foot.
I’ll be at Nokia World all of today and tomorrow, blogging about the great stuff I find on the show floor, interviewing interesting people from both Nokia and Microsoft, and sharing as much as I can find about what the future holds for Nokia and Windows Phone. Keep an eye on the blog for new posts and follow me on Twitter for more sharable stuff from Nokia World!
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Can I know in what speed I'm driving in my mobile? And what is the resolution of the movement measurement..?
Why doesn't Bing Maps provide the same capability as Nokia Drive on Samsung Focus instead of the absurd Tap to hear next step!!!!
Awesome, Just awesome to see how a company that is spread across the whole world can make use of a technology that is world wide can combine and make the best product which can be scaled, modified and everything imaginable and yet so simple to use... Love WindowsPhone and Love Nokia.... Cant wait to have one in my hand...
Nokia Maps nor Drive will not be avilable on non Nokia WP's, Allaboutwindowsphone.com got an exclusive look at the maps app coming later in the year.
"Windows Phone’s already excellent built-in navigation via Bing Maps."
Ha ha ha. That was a good one. Tap to say the next step - NO THANKS!
my guess (i never used it) is that bing maps needs a online internet connection always. I am very happy with my nokia symbian^3 and use nokia maps always without internet connection. Especially when I am abroad it saves me huge amounts of expensive internet connection costs (roaming).
Would be a good move for nokia to keep that functionality regardless if microsoft wants to push bing maps (that seems to work in US only)
This could easily be a killer app in all those countries where not all the features of Bing are available (most of the world outside the US, actually). I will even buy it, obviously!
The gauntlet really has been dropped for the other manufacturers. I hope this doesn't undermine support for the other devices. I'd love to see a great WP7 ecosystem, not just a Nokia-dominated one
Is this going to be a Nokia phone exclusive, or are they going to open it up to all WP7 devices?
"Nokia Drive gets you where you need to go" - unless you are in Japan. Whats up with that?
Bing indoor maps on the Windows Phone stopped showing up on the integrated maps as of recently. I know it works on the main maps.bing.com website and it even works on the IE9 that's on the Windows Phone. It'd be nice to know what happened to it as the maps that are integrated into the Windows Phone seems to have been receiving updates as of lately.
Can't wait to try it out! Would love if the maps and nokia drive became integrated with phones offered by Nokia.