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Nokia Drive+ Beta now available for all Windows Phone 8 users

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Nokia Drive+ Beta now available for all Windows Phone 8 users  - read the full textNokia's much awaited turn-by-turn navigation application, Drive+ is now available for free to all Windows Phone 8 users in United States, United Kingdom and Canada. The application is still technically a beta, but we have already had numerous chances to see that it's actually pretty great...


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It also works in Greece with turn by turn navigation and offline maps just as you describe.So,the countries are not only three...

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  • 2013-01-26 04:38
  • JcQi

what abought windows phones 7.5,nokia drive

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  • 2013-01-25 12:57
  • XMNT

I think nobody understand what I said.
Amithsiji, I know that bing maps is using nokia navteq, maybe from the hardware perspective an Lumia 920 is better than an 8X, but I simply prefer how it looks and it feels in hand. If I don't like Nokia phones doesn't make me an Htc fan.
And maybe nokia drive is better than google maps (who has offline nav too), no argue here, but for a long while nokia drive was exclusive to nokia.
I'm liking drive+ because there is only navigon as an alternative in wp8 ecosystem. If Sygic or Igo had an wp8 version things would be different.

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  • 2013-01-25 10:31
  • ajQX

> In reply to Aswin Bhojarajan @ 2013-01-24 19:37 from YPg$ - click to readnokia maps are just brilliant. i got lost when i used my friends phone with google maps. and i couldn't figure out the settings and stuff. its just hectic.

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  • 2013-01-25 08:49
  • 2Te4

> In reply to Aswin Bhojarajan @ 2013-01-24 19:37 from YPg$ - click to readCoz you know your 'world' very well. Nokia Drive is best among the map services provided by all manufacturers and platforms. The app is most useful in Developed countries where the streets stations etc easily located. Indian roads (Galees) are difficult compared to street in US or UK.

To the HTC Fan above: default MAP in WP the BING MAP is using NOKIA Maps!!!!

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  • 2013-01-25 04:53
  • i4dB

> In reply to DAN25cm @ 2013-01-24 21:15 from LaD3 - click to readGoogle navigation needs dataplan or internet to run. Nokia Drive+ is fully offline and works everywhere in the world. You can download the map of a whole continent if you wanted to.

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  • 2013-01-25 01:28
  • kg3U

This is good news, although is not available in Romania, only for now, I hope.
I don't think that Nokia Drive is the best selling point of Lumia devices, and the navigation software is not that important in the decision of choosing a phone or not.
I've bought an HTC 8S, which I love, with no turn by tur nav. If I remember Google Maps runs on every android phone, even on apple IOS, so what's the big deal if nokia drive does the same.
Windows phone 8 still has a low number of good app and a little number of phones available for purchase, so it is a smart move made by microsoft to release Nokia Drive for the entire ecosystem.
If there were no Htc devices with wp8 I have bought an Desire X or an One S, not even considering Nokia Lumia's...

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  • 2013-01-24 21:15
  • LaD3

i love this nokia drive and i think it should also be given to 7.8 users but i guess thats wishful thinking but still this is the best navigation hands down. i love it so much and my next phone lumia 920 will have it anyway so this is good news for everyone they can enjoy the new nokia drive. thanks nokia we love you
oh yes i am a fanboy

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  • 2013-01-24 19:49
  • myZC

hi, the 920 that i bought in India, came pre installed with the Drive+ beta!.. havent used it much though :)

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  • 2013-01-24 19:37
  • YPg$

> In reply to pipo @ 2013-01-24 14:01 from mTnr - click to readAgreed 100%

(Wrote in a samsung device)

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  • 2013-01-24 17:26
  • 85{@

> In reply to pipo @ 2013-01-24 13:35 from mTnr - click to readThere is no clue yet whether they are giving it for free. Its all business nothing comes for free. So royalties/other-settlements must be involved I believe.

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  • 2013-01-24 16:15
  • uuND

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-01-24 11:23 from mjPY - click to readwho said it was free.i m not talking of what the company receives in cash from ms,but what values more for a manufacturer is the sale of its retail units-with less on nokia for edge,people will opt for htc,huawei,(and samsung too)-check the conclusion of every lumia review of gsmarena or any other site of repute,u can not miss what are strong points in favour of it-the turn by turn voice navigation is the most prominent of all edges they point out to a lumia.

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  • 2013-01-24 16:06
  • TL5a

> In reply to ALTER @ 2013-01-24 09:26 from vGWx - click to readI feel you bro. Nokia should charge the oem for maps or even better they should make a deal with MS in which they don't have to pay for using Wp as their OS, that way they will be able to make their devices cheaper than others.

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  • 2013-01-24 15:33
  • nb%d

> In reply to the.droid.master @ 2013-01-24 09:53 from Hkqt - click to readWill you at least do your research before posting garbage? Your sgs2 needs 10 seconds you know what my lumia 920 needs only 8 second when i click on the tile to get ready and that even-though i am in my room!

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  • 2013-01-24 15:09
  • nb%d

> In reply to ALTER @ 2013-01-24 09:26 from vGWx - click to read"i dont like it [lumia 920 user]. these apps made nokia unique, now i am sure there will be a significant drop in lumia sales as their prices are higher than their competitors."

Nokia's current CEO isn't the smartest one around. First prematurely burning the only selling platform they had BEFORE alternative devices were ready?

Then restricting themselves to only build WP-devices. By the time the second WP7-device came to market (Lumia 900) Microsoft calls the quits on WP7. Effectively destroying potential sales of all Lumias including the newly released Lumia 900.

Now giving away distinctive Nokia-only software to competitors, thereby giving away a major point of advantage for Lumia devices. This will definitely have an impact on sales on Lumia's (as is proven here when some readers openly wrote that would go for cheaper/smaller HTC devices instead of Lumia).

It seems Elop really want to destroy Nokia to the bone. Slicing open the neck and wrists just isn't enough for that man...

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  • 2013-01-24 14:01
  • mTnr

> In reply to UDTQ @ 2013-01-24 10:29 from n9RQ - click to read"I can't imagine how smooth it would be on a proper smartphone"

Your C6 IS a proper smartphone. With FULL multitasking, full bluetooth filetransfer (any file thanks to NORMAL filemanager) and not to forget FULL native 2-way call recording!

Hopefully navigation doesn't shut down when someone calls you (like in WP7).

"So, differences/enhancements/stuff?"

I hope that WP8-users finally can avoid ferries, tollbooths and sandy roads like Symbian users can.

BTW. What about the folks who bought that Lumia 900 last September or the other Lumia users who bought WP7-devices?

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  • 2013-01-24 13:50
  • mTnr

dont get dispoint guys nokia drive+ avaible for others.but quality is not equal like in lumia its said by

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  • 2013-01-24 13:40
  • rJG8

This mean there is no more reason to choose Nokia WP8 over Samsung Activ or other cheaper WP8 phone, Nokia is digging it's grave, RIP.....

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  • 2013-01-24 13:39
  • vV5G

> In reply to ThomasCarlsson @ 2013-01-24 12:35 from J5NI - click to readOnly Offline/GPS mode for Lumia...

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  • 2013-01-24 13:37
  • s0F@

> In reply to ethereal @ 2013-01-24 11:35 from uuND - click to read"Never forget NOKIA is first about the Hardware and then about Software!"

Which is what got them in trouble in the first place. They should stop giving away critical software which would set them appart from competitors ESPECIALLY in "ecosystems" like WP (and Android for that matter).

I don't see HTC giving away their sense for free.

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  • 2013-01-24 13:35
  • mTnr

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