Bada Bing Bada Boom - Nokia branding to replace Bing Maps on all devices
0. phoneArena 19 Jan 2012, 06:04 posted on
Nokia and Microsoft said last year they will be working to replace the backend of Bing Maps with Nokia's map technology, and Stephen Elop now says this will result in Nokia branding of the default maps app on all smartphones that currently use Bing Maps...
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5. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
they didnt. learn to read. they are replacing bing maps on WP7 handsets with nokia maps... not the other way around.
2. jubbing (Posts: 150; Member since: 20 Aug 2008)
Hm... interesting. It'll only make sense for this to happen once they actually IMPLEMENT Nokia map technology with (or into) Bing Maps.
6. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
So does this mean all WP7 handsets are going to get full nokia maps with the 3d tech, offline mode, ect? If so, then great!
9. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)
No, that is not what was stated. More than likely, Nokia Maps will be provided to every WP device...but Nokia Drive will only be provided free of charge to Nokia devices. Recall, Nokia Drive is the app that provides turn by turn navigation and some other real time location services. Though I would imagine Nokia will open up subscriptions to non-Nokia WP devices. Lastly, Nokia Maps does have the advantage...along with Nokia Drive...of not requiring a data connection to work. The maps are loaded onto the device, as well as the voice nav. The only thing a data connection is needed for are the real time updates (traffic, etc.).
10. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)
The question for me is will HTC and Samsung allow a Nokia branded navigation on their devices or will the protest? Sure, iOS currently has Google Maps, but its branding is very descrete.
Meh, who knows? May not be such a big deal at all.
11. -RVM- (Posts: 329; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
Will it will add a value for their smartphones, so i don't think they should protest.
12. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)
How so? The Nokia name isn't exactly aspiring much confidence nowadays.