Bing Maps updated with Nokia-powered traffic and geocoding
It's been known for a while that Bing Maps for Windows Phone was going to be seeing some upgrades as part of the partnership between Nokia and Microsoft. Essentially, Nokia Maps and Bing Maps are going to merge eventually, so everyone has better features. Today, we're seeing the very beginning of that merger.
Traffic info is always helpful for those that drive, and now traffic info in Bing Maps will be color-coded (green, yellow, red), and it shows on a number of local roads instead of just major roadways. Although, we're not sure just how accurate that data is just yet. Right now, it's rush hour in Boston, and Google Maps is showing heavy traffic on local roads downtown, but Bing is showing no traffic on those same roads, and a quick look outside makes us believe Google on this one.
We assume traffic info can only get better, and the new Nokia-powered traffic is available in 24 countries around the world: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, UK and US.