Nokia Drive coming to other WP7 phones...for a price

Nokia Drive coming to other WP7 phones...for a price
Nokia confirmed at a launch event in India today that they will be making their voice-guided navigation app available in the Windows Phone Marketplace for an undisclosed price. Prior to now it had been thought that Nokia Drive would remain exclusive to Nokia handsets.

This information comes just days after a pirated copy of Nokia Drive was demonstrated running on a competing manufacturer's Windows Phone 7 handset. Whether this influenced the decision is not known, but it would certainly make sense that Nokia would prefer to profit from the larger Windows Phone ecosystem rather than watch as side-loading their app onto other phones became a common practice.

It’s also possible that this had been the plan all along; Windows Phone does not otherwise have a true competitor to Google Maps on Android, whose voice guided navigation is regularly seen as a major differentiator for the platform. With all WP7 phones getting access to Nokia Drive, it will be one more box on the spec sheet that can be checked when making cross-platform comparisons.

source: Twitter via wpcentral

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6 Comments

1. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

Its good to hear because I'd prefer to get a HTC WP7 after the Lumia 800 but I think Nokia Drive is an excellent navigation app and I used to use it all the time on my old Nokia phones! 1st!!

2. Whodaboss

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 18, 2011

Definitely great news! I'm hoping it's not too much! Is asking for it to be around $10 asking for too much?! :) One can only hope! 2nd! Ha!

3. dunyfunny

Posts: 20; Member since: Nov 05, 2011

disgusting! even if nokia owns navteq, its navigation just sucks! slow, wrong information etc. However the worst thing is it says "after 300 ft you will reach your destination". Normally a good one says on right or left!

5. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

Been using their nav for years now, and I find it to be wonderful, but it would be nice if it said destination on the right or left. Google one up's that by showing you a street view pic of the building. Now that's cool.

6. Cyd07

Posts: 83; Member since: Oct 03, 2011

You've really used it for hours...that's just that every tech journalist that have ever tested a Nokia is wrong...all these f*cking journalists say it's the best navigation software for free on a phone, and said it was one of the main advantage of Symbian (okay...one of the only...). Even Nokia haters said that... But they are wrong. All.

4. lecaillon

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 24, 2010

I have to comment on the headline of this article. Of course it comes at a price. Do you think they are going to spend money on a product and give it away for free to their competitors? There's a difference between good writing and being cynical.

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