Trio of Nokia Lumia Windows Phone apps get updated

In addition to creating the hardware for its Lumia line of Windows Phone-based smartphones, Nokia has also developed its own Windows Phone apps. This week, Nokia announced updates for Lumia owners for three of those Nokia created apps.

One of the apps is Nokia Drive, a GPS-style program designed specifically for those on the go. The new update lets users see the speed limits on the roads they are driving on and can even alert them if drivers are exceeding those speed limits. There is also a new way to use Nokia Drive while the smartphone is offline; this can be helpful if you are driving in an area with low wireless network coverage.

The Nokia Maps app also gets a new feature update, including a new way to add a list of favorite places on a map and even share those locations with friends via text messages, email or linking to various social networks. The new version also shows traffic in various countries, including the US, Canada, Mexico, the UK, France, and many more territories.

Finally, the Nokia Transport app, which was first announced last month at the World Mobile Congress trade show, is now out of the beta phase and has been officially released. This app provides users with a way to navigate through the public transportation systems of over 510 cities in 46 countries. Users who downloaded and used the beta version of Nokia Transport are now urged to delete that app and download the new official version.

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Why doesn't Nokia sell these to other WP device owners for a small price? I'd be willing to pay for Nokia Drive and Maps on my LG Optimus 7. I thought other people would be able to get these apps at some point?

GP007 said,
Why doesn't Nokia sell these to other WP device owners for a small price? I'd be willing to pay for Nokia Drive and Maps on my LG Optimus 7. I thought other people would be able to get these apps at some point?

Because there's not much OEM's can do to differentiate their WP phones from the others (even the hardware is limited) so the only competitive advantage Nokia can get over the others is from software (which they are good because of the Symbian experience)

DomZ said,

Because there's not much OEM's can do to differentiate their WP phones from the others (even the hardware is limited) so the only competitive advantage Nokia can get over the others is from software (which they are good because of the Symbian experience)

While I agree about the hardware under the hood not being all that different the same can be said for many Android devices as well. Besides I think Nokia does just fine with it's overall look and hardware design to help sales. I just think that they could make some easy $$ by selling the apps to other WP owners say, a few months later? Hell, sell us the older versions, i'd take Nokia Drive v1.0 too.

GP007 said,
Why doesn't Nokia sell these to other WP device owners for a small price? I'd be willing to pay for Nokia Drive and Maps on my LG Optimus 7. I thought other people would be able to get these apps at some point?

They're a hardware company and as can be seen from Apple's success sometimes keeping software locked to your hardware can pay off.

I need to try the Nokia Drive app sometime. I already have a satnav, but want to see how it handles if I ever get stuck without it.

Good set of updates for Drive and Maps however Transport still doesn't have Overground or rail routes in London when calculating journeys and nothing has changed from the beta either from what I can see.

That's cause the article is incorrect.

Currently only 80 cities are supported, but Nokia will be expanding it to support 460 cities in 46 countries.

Razorfolds said,
That's cause the article is incorrect.

Currently only 80 cities are supported, but Nokia will be expanding it to support 460 cities in 46 countries.

It says London is supported though just not fully as I have found When are the 460 cities being rolled out?