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Nokia NAVTEQ maps come to Windows Phone 8 with offline support

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Nokia NAVTEQ maps come to Windows Phone 8 with offline support
Windows Phone 8’s main phone partner Nokia is not just there for the hardware and brilliant designs - it’s also bringing its NAVTEQ maps expertise and that’s great news for the platform users. 

Nokia Map Technology will be what powers WP8 maps and this will translate into the platform suddenly becoming one of the best positioned operating systems in terms of geolocation services. 

Nokia Maps brings offline support for a huge number of countries, map control for developers and turn-by-turn directions.

Now, on one side that’s great for the platform, but on the other Nokia is losing the exclusivity it had with its Lumia maps. Either way, though, the user is only benefitting from this move, so there you have it - Nokia Maps is now officially the engine powering Microsoft’s WP8 mapping solution.

source: Microsoft

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posted on 20 Jun 2012, 12:17 1

1. Vaidya (Posts: 11; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


Now how will nokia diffrientiate?

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 12:22

3. PhansMuneeb (Posts: 347; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


Dual, Quad, upto 64 cores.
3 scrren resolutions, isn't it enough to differentiate...?

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 12:26 1

4. Vaidya (Posts: 11; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


Dude i mean how will nokia diffirientiate from samsung ,htc etc
after giving away its awesome navteq mapping tech licencing to all.
Now put that thumbs down....

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 12:40 2

7. Synack (Posts: 666; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


Nokia designs thus far have been COMPLETELY different from Samsung and HTC in terms of style, design, hardware, etc. And I like what they're doing. I'm getting sick of Samsung and HTC's usual designs for phones. I'll likely be getting the Lumia 900's successor on Verizon, if it comes over.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 12:40 1

5. muhsen (Posts: 259; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


they said they will use nokia map technology, they didn't say all of it
i am sure nokia will make the creme of the crop of the maps features only for lumia users

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 18:00 2

9. santaclaus (Posts: 52; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


u forgot the awesome PureView

posted on 22 Jun 2012, 05:33

10. B3BLW29 (Posts: 237; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


Yeah the almighty clicker, waiting for WP8 + Pureview, hope it sees the light of day.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 12:20

2. PhansMuneeb (Posts: 347; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


Jealous but Wp8 is awesome

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 12:40

6. eiyoy009 (Posts: 57; Member since: 01 Jun 2011)


I LOVE IT...it is not yet finish...experience is great...I hope customization like( putting some wallpapers) will included in the next preview

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 13:39

8. Altair (Posts: 325; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


This is a good business for Nokia. They can now "sell" a map software along with EVERY Windows Phone AND Windows desktop/tablet (read those amazing surfaces).

That ladies and gentleman is the big thing. This also means, that WP software itself is cheaper for Nokia, than for any other OEM:s. What this means, is that Nokia can add something more in hardware, compared to other OEM:s with the same price.

If you can see the picture here, you will understand, that this is a big advantage for Nokia.

Btw. it is very nice to see some improvement with Victor H. articles (in his crusade against MS / Nokia before).

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