Nokia and Bing Maps get visual makeovers
Nokia has updated the colour palette for their mapping service and this change has been reflected through Microsoft's Bing with the partnership between the two companies. The alterations are to make the browsing experience easier and more aesthetically pleasing with improved typography, colours and less obstructive icons. The above image illustrates the change with the new version of Bing Maps on the left.
While these changes are present on the web versions of both Nokia and Bing Maps, Windows Phone owners will be able to witness the improvements in the official apps. Note that Nokia Drive wont be updated with the new look for a week or two.
What do you make of said changes?
Source: Nokia Conversations
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By Jez Corden
But wow it looks great on my desktop pc. Strange.
This is a perfect example of where MS could have implemented a change while providing us with more choice within the OS and they took the lesser road.
Really though, Nokia needs to stop worrying about tweaking colors and give us real turn by turn. But they're not going to do that, since they want us all to buy their phones to get free turn by turn. They're not really bringing anything good to WP, only to their own devices. It's really disappointing.
We've been told that we don't have proper built in turn by turn because of some licensing issue with Navteq. But Navteq is owned by Nokia! And meanwhile, Nokia keeps moving ahead with their Drive app. So it's not just that Nokia refuses to improve the experience on other phones, it's that they are crippling the experience on other phones for their own benefit. That's the real problem.
I thought that one great benefit of WP was that we could get our own choice of hardware, but the software experience would be the same on every phone. It seems that MS is starting to head away from that direction.
And yes, I understand that Nokia needs to sell its own phones. But if their hardware is really better than everyone else like so many people claim, then they should be able to sell phones on their own merit and not have to cripple the OS to do it.
When I need more details, I'll zoom in. That's one advantage of digital maps over paper maps. When I need to navigate, I'll enter A and B and the route will light up. No need for all the clutter like on paper.
But at least I can find it by using search and providing the correct name. And it seems they have added borders for the cities here, or I just didn't notice that when I've used it for the last time :)
(I don't think it did before?)