Nokia Drive+ Now Free To Download to All Windows Phone 8 Users in US, Canada & UK

| January 23, 2013 | 76 Replies

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Nokia’s go to mapping experience, the turn by turn mapping service for Windows Phone 8 “Nokia Drive Beta +” has just gone public to all WP8 users, and no longer a Lumia exclusive. You can download the app on your non-Lumia device provided you’re on the UK/US/Canadian marketplace.. or you could get a Lumia.

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Starting today, Microsoft and Nokia are making the beta of Nokia Drive+, the company’s turn-by-turn navigation app, available for free to all Windows Phone 8 customers in the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada. Download it from the Windows Phone Store.

This is a boost for WP8 users in genera;, but a bit less to offer as a Nokia exclusive.

 

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  • http://thegadgetfreak.net Ajit

    Elop is killing Nokia and making it crippled.

    Did anyone ever think of Nokia maps on its competitors platform offered for free?

    Elop will slowly give away all Nokia patents to Microsoft. Mark my words.

    • Bassman

      Do you ever spout anything other than this overly negatve crap?

      Can you not see the bigger picture? It’s doubtful that Nokia are ‘giving away’ this for free and will very likely be receiving licencing money. Any actions which further the mapping side of the business should be welcomed.

      • http://thegadgetfreak.net Ajit

        Thats the truth…. The bigger picture is that Microsoft is gaining, not Nokia….

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  • JGrove303

    This is a BIG kiss-off from Nokia to Google. With Here and Nokia Drive Beta+, Nokia is expanding their reach and increasing the information that Nokia Maps can offer. By pinging Maps users, Navteq gets more info on traffic conditions. POI are the one thing Goofle users care about most and that is also what will increase with Here users checking in and making location corrections.

    licensed by OEMs or not, Here will be expanded user wise as will its usefulness.

    Samsung, HTC and brands users will see NOKIA plastered to their nav. It’ll work great, then those users will want a device that works and is built as well. Their next Device will be a Nokia.

    Navteq is paid for, maintained and is profitable. Why the hell wouldn’t Nokia have even more people use it? Its like Volvo and their patent on safety belts in cars. They didn’t charge for others to use it, and now it has saved countless lives and it’s now mandatory for cars to have them. Apple Maps is a death trap and Google Maps is ad revenue funded. Nokia Maps could end both. All they gotta do is get more users on it.

    • spacemodel

      To get HERE on the other WP OEM’s can hardly be called as ‘expanding their reach and increasing the information’.
      Don’t forget, we’re talking about 5% marketshare, WP is an almost not excisting OS.

      Nokia had a very big chance to introduce HERE to a wide range of the mobile world during the ‘Apple Maps disaster’ when there was no Google Maps available for iOS.
      That was a once in a lifetime chance but they failed miserably by producing an app for iOS which was, to put it mildly, below par.

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  • DesR85

    What I don’t get is why is Nokia Drive + still in Beta until now. Are there still lingering bugs in the software that needed to be resolved? Not that I am nitpicking or anything, but when Nokia Drive was embedded in their WP 7.5 devices, it was already complete (well, except that initially, searching and planning a route requires an internet/data connection).

    • Benz

      You know, I think this is a much bigger thing with Nokia. I believe Nokia simply is not very good at making software. It’s probably not the engineers/coders fault, but something with the management and planning etc. They have great ideas but the implemention never goes 100%, it’s more closer to 75%.

      After years of development Symbian never could compete with modern OS’ user experience. Now this has also much to do with the years of development, I’m sure it was also a baggage that slowed the development. This is why I personally think the move to go for WP was really good: they suck with software, so why not let someone else do it for them with better results. Sure there are still features missing but they are easily compensated with the general “it just works” -feeling.

      Nokia Pulse, when was it first released, 1-2 years ago? Still beta. And I’m sure there are other examples as well.

      But hardware, both the actual devices and the logistics how to make them, that’s where they still are good. I believe Nokia still makes most profit per phone of any manufacturer with the low cost feature phones. Just proves you need to know how to optimize the hardware and the manufacturing process.

      • DesR85

        “Nokia Pulse, when was it first released, 1-2 years ago? Still beta. And I’m sure there are other examples as well.”

        On the Lumia phones, I recall seeing it sometime last year and is still in Beta until today. It’s long, but not that big of a deal to me, but Drive on the other hand, is an essential app and I was surprised to see that it is still in Beta during its launch.

        But I am confident that it will get out of that stage, given its importance. Hopefully, it will be soon. ;)

  • Sefriol

    This is to boost WP North America sales which aren’t that great. I wonder if we are going to see the same all around the world. Tbf Nokia needs more differentiation agaist other WP phones.

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  • Doug

    But is it integrated with the Maps app loaded on all WP8 devices? That’s the question.

    Because if I can’t go into Maps and search for an address and when I want to navigate it takes me right into Drive, then that makes switching from my 920 to an ATIV S seem kinda stupid even if they have the better display.

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