Bing Maps says Israel, Japan and South Korea don't exist

Bing Maps says Israel, Japan and South Korea don't exist
Move over Apple Maps, Bing Maps on Windows Phone 8 has lost three countries out of the 110 it covers. This happened despite the use of data from Nokia's Navteq that has been integrated into the Windows Phone 8 application. According to Bing Maps, there is no Israel, Japan or South Korea. That is despite good maps for Israel and Japan being available on the desktop version of Bing Maps. And Japan was looking pretty good on the previous version of Bing Maps for Windows Phone.

Is losing three countries worse than misnaming towns and benchmarks like Apple did, or are both things just as bad? Apple's mapping app was so bad that Apple CEO Tim Cook not only apologized, but also recommended using rival's mapping apps. What caused the mapping data from all three countries not to be supported on Bing Maps? While we don't have the answer for that, we would bet that developers are hard at work right now to allow the maps of all three countries to work on the Windows Phone 8 version of Bing Maps.

We do have one question. If a tree falls in a country that is not supported on Bing Maps, does it make a sound?

source: WMPoweruser

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73 Comments

1. Izzy_V

Posts: 216; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

That last part was so terrible it made Jesus facepalm, and I don't believe in Jesus. Google Maps all day for me. People can enjoy having heavily flawed maps with MS and apple. :)

62. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

Looks like its time for a Scooby-Doo mystery!

2. thin-bezel

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

Go home Maps.You're drunk! :D

4. ap1989

Posts: 145; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

Google > Bing

6. wendygarett unregistered

Waiting Steve Ballmer to apologize lol :)

48. SleepingOz unregistered

Ballmer is like Jobs. You'll have to wait for a long long time.

11. dan86

Posts: 298; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

Band of brothers Apple & Microsoft! Google maps rocks!!!

12. shadez10

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

Dora's map is much more reliable... xD

38. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

im the map in the map im the MAAAAAAAAAAAPPPPPP!!!!

84. shadez10

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

LOL!..

16. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Well this really doesnt affect nokia users now does it, but someone here at pa forgot to mention that. You see nokias get nokia maps and nokia drive + which imho are the best nav maps arround... Oh yeah, soo long israel, finally :D

17. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1176; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Oh dear, thank goodness for Google Maps. :) Going to enjoy reading the excuses from the apologists.

19. redmd

Posts: 1943; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I don't get this Israel hate on the comments. Bing maps should be replaced by Nokia maps.

37. gazmatic

Posts: 814; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

Why is south korea and japan missing? A snub to samsung and sony competitors? Na. They'll be back

45. tedkord

Posts: 17410; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Those places don't actually exist. Like the rest of the world and everyone in it, they're just figments of my imagination.

47. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

If you get your source of information from mainstream media, then you will always be misinformed. CNN is one the worst at misinforming the world because it has been shown that they actually air different stories in different countries and some of those countries pay CNN for specific news to be aired.

53. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

This just seems like a bug if the maps were there before. Apple maps had missing and bad map data to begin with. But I can't wait for Google maps to come to my iPhone.

55. joey41

Posts: 45; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

So gaza IS on the maps??

61. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

USA! USA! USA! All we have to do now is get everyone to speak English.

79. Isaiah-54 unregistered

Not only have South Korea, Japan and Israel disappeared, but so have most of the comments in this thread.

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