Third party solutions are starting to appear amongst the 20 000+ applications for WP7, and still from indie developers, the major GPS software players obviously consider the free offline voice-guided navigation of Nokia's Maps, which is coming to WP7 to replace Bing, too much of a threat.
Nokia and Microsoft work out the kinks, since the first Nokia Windows Phones are unlikely to sport Nokia Maps yet anyway. The app can work with data from Google, Bing, Yahoo and MapQuest, featuring voice-guided navigation, as well as written turn-by-turn guidance.
Here's what the app features, according to the Windows Marketplace description:
- Google, Bing, Yahoo and MapQuest maps support (road and hybrid).
- Spoken driving instructions.
- Handy dashboard with estimated time of arrival (ETA), time and distance travelled, remaining distance and other information about your trip.
- User-centered design that offers more than just an interface to online maps.
- Two ways to define a destination or find a location – point it on the map manually or look it up using the address finder.
- List of previously searched destinations in the Search menu.
- Works with metric (kilometers) and imperial (miles) units.
- Prevent autolock and back-button confirmation options.
- Landscape and portrait views supported.
GPS Voice Guidance is priced at the reasonable $6.99, with a free trial, and can be found in Marketplace if you want to stray away from the default Bing Maps navigation every now and then.