Rumor: 3D Nokia Maps to replace Bing Maps in WP8

It appears Microsoft and Nokia will be joining the party and announcing a new 3D mapping service just after both Apple and Google revealed plans for 3D overhauls over their mapping services, according to a new rumor. The rumor indicates the service will be called Nokia Maps and will replace Bing Maps on all Windows Phone devices.

According to a report by Daniel Rubino of WPCentral, the 3D Nokia Maps revamp will replace Bing Maps once Windows Phone 8 is released. The updated mapping program will feature "3D navigation and hardware acceleration across all Windows Phone devices," the report states. The two companies previously began co-branding Bing Maps and it was rumored the service would be completely replaced by Nokia Maps in Nokia devices for the next version of Windows Phone. This is still obviously true, except now it will be true for all devices, not just Nokia ones.

The site additionally reports Skype will be built into the upcoming operating system and integrate with a user's contacts for both messaging and VoIP services. Rubino states the Skype integration will be so seamless that an incoming Skype call will behave just like a regular phone call. Third-party VoIP services will also get an opportunity to "patch into the OS," Rubino writes. Skype has been oddly missing from Microsoft products and services since the company bought it, although better integration is in the works, including integration in the next Xbox.

Microsoft will offer a sneak peek at Windows Phone 8 at an invite-only event in San Francisco next week. Neowin will be attending the event, so make sure to check back often as we update everyone on the current status of Windows Phone 8. 

Source: WPCentral

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we all knew a long time ago that more nokia stuff was going to be intergrated into MS services as part of there deal. So really this isn't anything new.

I hope it will be an "Update" and not a "Reset"; if the latter it has to be a really full backed OS to convince me to spend another Euro 500/600 after just six months I have spent the same amount for my Lumia 800..........
Time will tell...........

Fritzly said,
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I read a rumour that WinRT will be ported to CE for WP7.5 while the WinRT will run on NT Kernel for Apollo generation devices.

This wouldn't make me happy after swapping my Focus for Lumia 900, but we'll see.

Fritzly said,
I hope it will be an "Update" and not a "Reset"; if the latter it has to be a really full backed OS to convince me to spend another Euro 500/600 after just six months I have spent the same amount for my Lumia 800..........
Time will tell...........

You should be getting most of the features, but not everything. Kinda like how Apple does it.

If the new apps don't work on old Windows Phones though, then I'll be absolutely disappointed.

I love this! The competition. It means us consumers can get better service because they all need to be better ))

Richio said,
I love this! The competition. It means us consumers can get better service because they all need to be better ))

That's what I'm saying. I'm not a big fan of the Android model and I find iOS to be a bit stale, but I wouldn't want either to disappear from the market. I just want a minimum of three big name viable mobile OS ecosystems to choose from. Everyone wins this way, without the patent trolling going on.

TheCyberKnight said,
A new rumor the day after the WWDC and its related 3D maps announcement?
Let me express my skepticism.

It should have leaked months before.


Google suddenly held an event for its 3D mapping advancements after Apple was rumored to start its own 3D mapping service. Google Drive's overhaul was announced after Microsoft's SkyDrive overhaul. That's how things work -- companies respond to competitors' announcements to steal some of their thunder.

Anthony Tosie said,

Google suddenly held an event for its 3D mapping advancements after Apple was rumored to start its own 3D mapping service. Google Drive's overhaul was announced after Microsoft's SkyDrive overhaul. That's how things work -- companies respond to competitors' announcements to steal some of their thunder.

I get this.
But for the Windows Phone 3D maps rumor, it really looks like fanboy made stuff.
We'll see next week and until then, I won't hold my breath.

TheCyberKnight said,

I get this.
But for the Windows Phone 3D maps rumor, it really looks like fanboy made stuff.
We'll see next week and until then, I won't hold my breath.


Oh, I see what you're saying. Well, that's what WPCentral is claiming their sources are telling them. We'll see next week, as you said.

Anthony Tosie said,

Oh, I see what you're saying. Well, that's what WPCentral is claiming their sources are telling them. We'll see next week, as you said.

And I could write into WPCentral saying "Hey I work at Nokia and heard about this thing where they're making maps part of all Windows Phones", and they'd make a story about it.

News isn't what it used to be, where journalists actually researched and investigated sources and gathered FACTS and evaluated credibility.

andrewbares said,

And I could write into WPCentral saying "Hey I work at Nokia and heard about this thing where they're making maps part of all Windows Phones", and they'd make a story about it.

News isn't what it used to be, where journalists actually researched and investigated sources and gathered FACTS and evaluated credibility.


I can't speak for WPCentral, but Neowin would never publish a story like that without some sort of confirmation or corroboration. I'm sure there are other blogs out there that may publish information like you're saying, but most of us wouldn't.