Windows 10 for phone Technical Preview features Maps app that integrates Bing Maps and HERE

Windows 10 for phone Technical Preview features Maps app that integrates Bing Maps and HERE
Those who downloaded the latest version of the Windows 10 Technical Preview on their Windows Phone, have been able to use the new Maps app. According to Microsoft, the app is based on the new Windows Universal app platform. More importantly, it integrates "the best maps, aerial imagery, rich local search data, and voice guided navigation experiences from both Bing Maps and HERE maps."  The latter, of course, is the highly regarded mapping app from Nokia that is also available for iOS and Android.

Besides using pinch-to-zoom, you can also use two fingers to tilt the map. Other features include an aerial view of your location, and another view that shows traffic along your route. Clicking on "Show My Location" will immediately zoom in to your current location. If you want to find some place to go, tapping on the Search button will show popular categories such as Restaurants, Coffee, Hotels. If you're staying at a hotel in a city that you are not familiar with, the detail card for that hotel will recommend places to eat and shop. The card will also give you atractions to visit and activities to take part in.

When it comes to turn-by-turn navigation, the Map app will show you the quickest way to your destination based on current traffic conditions. There are day and night modes and speed limit warnings. If you haven't done so yet, joining the Windows Insider Program will allow you to install the Windows 10 Technical Preview.

Check out some screenshots from the new Windows 10 Mapping app by clicking on the slideshow below.


source: Windows via Engadget

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6 Comments

1. waddup121 unregistered

YES FINALLY!

2. Sovat_fc

Posts: 224; Member since: Aug 30, 2014

After installing Windows 10 Technical Preview for 5 days, I decided to get my WP 8.1 back. Of course, the new OS brought me a lot of new impressive features, but the problem is it got my Lumia 925 slow, and some apps didn't work properly such as Camera. A word of warning, I'm not complaining nor blaming MS for that. It's just a piece of idea of mine about the new version of Windows OS on phone. Many things impressed me during my 5-day experiences on this OS, and I'll get it back again when the final version is officially released.

3. Penny

Posts: 1860; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

I was in the same boat as you after I initially installed the Windows 10 tech preview on my phone. It was buggier than I expected, enough that I didn't think I'd be able to use it as my daily driver. However, before going back to 8.1, I decided to try a hard reset first. The hard reset made things significantly better. It's still buggy in places, but doesn't inhibit me from using it as my daily driver at the moment. I do like the new apps and features.

4. torr310

Posts: 1677; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

good comments.

5. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I had similar problems. Did it on my 1020 and the first upgrade killed the data on the phone even with wifi. Reset via menu and it literally killed the OS, it was a weird reset. Then i did a hard reset and got stuck on startup doing the 'setting up apps please wait' screen. So reverted, to 8.1, then updated without any personal apps installed and it worked. So far these are my issues: If someone sends me a picture message and i dont open a picture from the photo's first, phone crashes and reboots. Spartan is half usable cause it does like to crash, but pages do go quick. Screenshots say they fail even though they save. Incorrect battery reading, random drains, and battery saver doesnt work. Games like age of sparta - has no touch input for navigation that work. Touch works but i cant move around the game, not only game to do this. Apps will crash, like 9gag, disqus, linkedin, facebook. Settings likes to crash. Bluetooth is very hit or miss. Will show no connection but the MS Band syncs with it. There is probably more but those are the big ones. I use it as my daily driver but it is certainly a tip toe experience. Then again the latest software update for 8.1 on the 1020 has caused random reboots to the phone, so its not like it wasnt misbehaving.

6. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I hope that Microsoft buys Nokia's here maps and builds it up into a powerhouse maps system to equal Google maps. Microsoft will keep selling Windows smart phones dispite their sales being small compared to iphones and Android smart phones. also Microsft needs to sell an 8 inch surface mini with pen support.

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