Nokia Maps to Replace Bing Maps?

| May 17, 2011 | 6 Replies

According to SearchEngineLand, in a chat with some Nokia/Navteq folks, Microsoft are supposedly going to REPLACE their mapping solution “BING MAPS” for “Nokia Maps”. Replace/”POWER”.

Now the Nokia owned NAVTEQ already powers (amongst many) Bing Maps.

“However my lunch companion argued unequivocally that Nokia Maps would effectively replace almost everything that Microsoft had developed over the past several years in terms of the Bing Maps infrastructure.”

Ha, ditching things you’ve taken years to develop. Matches made in heaven.

Anyway, Sterling suggests that MS will keep the BING UI but possibly keep all the Nokia Maps (Ovi Maps) features.

I said I couldn’t believe Microsoft would agree to swap in Navteq for the guts of its own system. Yet my lunch guest argued that Microsoft’s role would mostly center on the Bing Maps UI

I think this is great, especially for mobile:

1) Ovi Maps (I can’t stop calling it that) Nokia Maps is sheer brilliance. It has come a long way and provides a fantastic navigation experience on Nokia handsets. Offline Maps, turn by turn voice navigation (FREE) – walk and drive directions, check in to places, check the weather, see local events etc. Nokia has done a lot with location based services. BING Maps currently just has search and instructions for directions (though turn by turn is supposed to be coming in Mango)

2) The only thing I would perhaps like is improved P.O.I (points of interest) when searching the app. This is why, unfortunately, I default to Google Maps. Fortunately Bing Maps seem to have a lot more P.O.I.s than Nokia and hopefully this is something they integrate into both services.

3) BING Maps UI certainly looks much slicker than Nokia Maps. Though it’s difficult to compare this directly due to the barebones feeling of BING Maps on WP7. There’s not much to judge.

I wonder if Nokia will be able to deliver Nokia Maps 3D onto Bing. That’s where it will make a difference. (I’m not sure about the technicalities of this, especially the data consumption/storage needed should you want your city/country stored in full 3D). I still find Nokia’s 3D maps mesmerising. Imagine if they somehow allowed developers to use this data in apps? e.g. games.

Nokia Maps now also have the equivalent Street View of Google’s (as does Bing with the equally limited crappily named “streetside”). Both 3D and Streetview things just needs to be more widely available.

Bing Maps and Nokia Maps (or, sadly Bing powered by Nokia – essentially just Bing) will make its name through Windows Phone. The desktop version, it’s all a bit “meh” to me. Mostly because I’m a google-fu kinda guy. (I’ve just tried Bing Maps again – it’s way, way smoother than Google Maps :s. I also just tried Yahoo Maps. What a terrible experience. Zooming in keeps going in all sorts of random locations)

Cheers CrissCross for the tip!

via SearchEngineLand


Category: Nokia, Windows Phone

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