Nokia has released a beta update to its Transport solution for Windows Phone. The app is now available as version 2.3 at Nokia Beta Labs for consumers to download and test out available new features. Nokia Transport is a useful tool at a Lumia owner's disposal that enables the user to plan a journey in a covered location using public transport.
Supporting trains, buses, walking, Nokia Transport can also relay what stations and stops are nearby using the location of the device. But the service doesn't simply halt at providing detailed information about public transport. When journeys are planned, Nokia Transport details the road / station of interchange, as well as the total estimated duration of the journey.
And of course, POI (Points Of Interest) are included. So, what's new in the 2.3 beta?
There are four notable improvements included in the update, that are all listed over at Nokia Beta Labs. "Glance and go" is implemented to enable users to keep moving instead of stopping and checking route and service change. Different modes of transportation are displayed in a intuitive (and colourful) interface that easily distinguishes multiple elements / transport in planned journeys.
Viewing previously planned journeys is easier than ever in version 2.3 of Nokia Transport. From the home screen, the user can simply swipe to the left or right and previous destinations are listed, which can then be selected as the current journey. The app will calculate a new route from the user's current location.
Updates to services, new routes and supported cities will be delivered OTA (Over The Air) without the user having to manually fish for the latest content. Finally, improved station search is implemented. Entering the name of a station to perform a search will see Nokia Transport prioritising public transport stations to the top of the results to help combat excess scrolling.
You'll be able to take part in the beta by heading over to Nokia Beta Labs to sign up / login and download the Nokia Transport 2.3 beta. The current, published version (2.1) of Nokia Transport can be downloaded from the Nokia Collection of OEM apps in the store.