Nokia Maps app for Windows Phone revealed

Nokia continues to show that it is getting serious about its efforts to release some unique features and apps for its upcoming Windows Phone 7-based devices. The web site Istartedsomthing.com reports that a Nokia Maps app placeholder listing, with screenshots, has been discovered. The app will likely be released as one of a number of exclusive programs for Nokia's smartphones based on Microsoft's mobile operating system.

The screenshots of the Nokia Maps app show everything that you might expect if you have used similar smartphone mapping applications. The maps have options for traveling via public transport, cars or by walking to your planned destination. There's support for reviews of locations like restaurants on the maps along with user-submitted pictures. All in all, the Nokia Maps application, at first glance, seems to be a fairly solid way for using your smartphone to get to wherever you might want to travel.

There's no indication in the screenshots that the Nokia Maps app supports any kind of voice-controlled navigation. Earlier this week, a leaked marketing slide for Nokia's Windows Phone 7-based smartphones indicated some kind of voice-based navigation feature would be a part of Nokia's devices, along with 3D maps.

Meanwhile, there's been a boatload of news surrounding Nokia's plans for WP7-based phones over the past few days, including some leaked hardware info about three possible models, and rumors that Nokia is offering to pay app developers in advance to make software for its Windows Phone 7 devices. Again we should learn a lot more later this month when Nokia holds its Nokia World developers conference in London.

Image via IStartedsomething.com

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jasonon said,
i perfer bing maps, but i have heard this is a better option for europeans?

For some reason Bing maps on my HD7 is absolutely horrible when getting directions to places around my city. It almost always sends me the long way around to just about anything. I'm really hoping for an official Google Maps app one of these days for WP7, but for now I have to settle for some third party apps that make use of Google's maps.

Looks interesting. I am truly interested in a nice WP that has at least a 4" screen when it comes to Verizon's LTE network. After using a 4.3" screen, it is hard to go back down to something under 4".

DSLJay said,
Looks interesting. I am truly interested in a nice WP that has at least a 4" screen when it comes to Verizon's LTE network. After using a 4.3" screen, it is hard to go back down to something under 4".

Nokia Ace is 4.3" and 4G

Sacha said,

Nokia Ace is 4.3" and 4G

lol.. i think the Ace is going to make a big splash because it seems its got what everyone wants when looking at the premium wp7

I think it would be really nice if they were to make this app available for all Windows Phones, not just Nokia phones...

JaykeBird said,
I think it would be really nice if they were to make this app available for all Windows Phones, not just Nokia phones...

Notice the left images says "this app is not available for your device." The fact that it is even recognizing what phone you have gives me the feeling that they will eventually add support for other phones.

JaykeBird said,
I think it would be really nice if they were to make this app available for all Windows Phones, not just Nokia phones...

Perhaps it will be exclusive to Nokia WP devices for a while, and then available to all WP devices from various manufacturers later (as said few months ago, Nokia may make some apps exclusive to its devices in first few months).

I also hope that Bing Maps and Nokia Maps will have certain level of integration to strengthen the map data for non-US regions.

JaykeBird said,
I think it would be really nice if they were to make this app available for all Windows Phones, not just Nokia phones...

Probably free for nokia phones but like 9.99 for the others.. that would make sense because nokia put a ton of cash into these maps and dont want to just give em away for free.. or microsoft might just licence these maps off of them for the maps outside of the US

GraphiteCube said,

Perhaps it will be exclusive to Nokia WP devices for a while, and then available to all WP devices from various manufacturers later (as said few months ago, Nokia may make some apps exclusive to its devices in first few months).

I also hope that Bing Maps and Nokia Maps will have certain level of integration to strengthen the map data for non-US regions.


Nokia purchased Navteq a while back, so I really think they might be obligated to share the app, possible integrate those features into Bing Maps as part of the deal with MS. After all, MS is giving them billions to keep them afloat. Either way, we just have to wait and find out.

BetaAddict said,

Notice the left images says "this app is not available for your device." The fact that it is even recognizing what phone you have gives me the feeling that they will eventually add support for other phones.

It says that for every OEM application accessed from a different OEM's device. Same thing thing be seen if you accessed say a Samsung app from a HTC phone.

BetaAddict said,

Nokia purchased Navteq a while back, so I really think they might be obligated to share the app, possible integrate those features into Bing Maps as part of the deal with MS. After all, MS is giving them billions to keep them afloat. Either way, we just have to wait and find out.

Nokia paid $8 billion for Navteq. Even the billions MS is giving isn't really enough to compensate giving them away for free. There might be some on-going payment.

~Johnny said,
It says that for every OEM application accessed from a different OEM's device. Same thing thing be seen if you accessed say a Samsung app from a HTC phone.

Except you can't access Samsung Apps from and HTC Phone or HTC Apps from a Samsung Phone as they are OEM specific Apps!!!

neo158 said,

Except you can't access Samsung Apps from and HTC Phone or HTC Apps from a Samsung Phone as they are OEM specific Apps!!!

Well, really, (and I really don't know for sure) it doesn't seem like HTC's and Samsung's apps are available on the Windows Phone store... (unless they are... in that case, my argument won't apply) but since Nokia's is in the app store but just limited to Nokia phones... I personally think the apps in the app store should be available to all phones...

I'd like to get the same thing on my non-Nokia phone too... I mean, I understand why they wouldn't make it available for everyone, but it would just be nice of them if they did, especially seeing that their apps are posted on the store, but closed off to non-Nokia phone users...

neo158 said,

Except you can't access Samsung Apps from and HTC Phone or HTC Apps from a Samsung Phone as they are OEM specific Apps!!!

You can through the deep links to them (i.e., the web URL's too them).

I wonder if and hope they are going to include those amazing 3d rendered towns and landscapes we saw in the forums! Just search 3d nokia maps.

I wonder if and hope they are going to include those amazing 3d rendered towns and landscapes we saw in the forums! Just search 3d nokia maps.