Nokia NAVTEQ maps come to Windows Phone 8 with offline support

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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10 Comments

1. Vaidya

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Now how will nokia diffrientiate?

3. PhansMuneeb

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

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

4. Vaidya

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 20, 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....

7. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 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.

5. muhsen

Posts: 281; Member since: Jun 07, 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

9. santaclaus

Posts: 52; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

u forgot the awesome PureView

10. B3BLW29

Posts: 238; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

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

2. PhansMuneeb

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Jealous but Wp8 is awesome

6. eiyoy009

Posts: 57; Member since: Jun 01, 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

8. Altair

Posts: 367; Member since: Feb 02, 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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