Nokia Drive+ Beta for Windows Phone 8 Updated, power saving added
We contacted Nokia a short while ago to check in on their navigation apps and we were told to expect some updates soon. Today one of the first of the updates has arrived to bring the Nokia Drive+ Beta to version 2.1.
So what’s new? As well as the usual bug fixes they have introduced a better way to manage power consumption. Read on past the break for more details.
We have been using Nokia Drive+ Beta since it first popped up and on the whole have been pleased with its performance. That’s not to say it has been all plain sailing, there have been instances where the map stops updating and the occasional crash here and there. We’re still waiting for Drive on Windows Phone 8 to pick up the much vaunted “My Commute” feature that exists on the Windows Phone 7 version.
Highlights of the update
In the settings menu you’ll now find the Battery Saver option.
On the main map display, you can return to your present position by clicking on a button to centre the map again. Hardly a drastic UI improvement, but its welcome nonetheless.
After we updated the app we were also prompted to update the voice files for the app which didn’t take too long. We’ll need to test the latest version over the next few days and we hope that the overall stability of the app has improved. Good to see the updates starting to hit for this app, we’re really keen to see this pick up existing features from the Windows Phone 7 version while taking full advantage of Windows Phone 8.
Nokia Drive is one of the crown jewels in their app line up and so we’re expecting great things down the line with this. You can download it from the Nokia Collection on the Windows Phone Store here. Thanks, ryansstuff, for the tip!
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By Jez Corden
On a cold Friday afternoon, I had come home from school. I had been thinking of the Windows Phone all day. I was hungry, didn't have any lunch. In fact, I didn't eat because I spent the money. For the past month I was saving up for something. Something special which I bought at Microsoft Store. I was surprised they didn't ask for ID; I was pretty sure the cashier noticed how nervous I was. Anyways, my mom asked my how my day was when I got home, but I ignored her. I have more important things to do. I run to the bathroom and unpack my bag. In my school bag is a white plastic bag from Microsoft. I open the bag, first removing the receipt and flushing it down the toilet to get rid of the evidence. My heart was racing now. I unpack the monster from the bag.
I wonder what Lumia fans will be asking me when they see that I have the HTC 8X. Should I say I got it for free? I remove the label from the box and tear it into a thousand small pieces. I flush that down the toilet, too. It is time now. I run up to my room when my mom ask me what I am holding. I panic, sweat drips down my forehead and my teeth chatter. "Mom, it's just for a school project". "What project?" "I don't know mom I just started it!". A tear runs down my cheek. I run upstairs and turn on the phone. What have I gotten myself into? I enter my Microsoft Account data and hit accept. There is no turning back now. The HTC monster is inside me now, it will control me. What should I do if I die? I can’t let my family know about this.
I take the box and rip it to small pieces, throwing it all out the window; a white cloud of mysterious paper shreds into the wind so graciously. I feel the phone taking control of me; I am now the monster. I walk downstairs, it’s time to sync data; time to finish what I started. Now I worry, I don't want to get too attached to my phone; people will think I am crazy. I am crazy. No I don't. HTC. All I see is the Metro UI now, I am almost downstairs when I hear "Do you want a cookie I just baked". I know I do not have time for this shit now. "No mom I do not want a cookie" I walk in the basement and drop to my knees before the phone, tears running down my cheeks. I turn to the right and look at myself in the mirror. Oh god, what have I done?
This is the only thing stopping from switching to HTC. I got the Lumia 822 a month ago, because the 920 is temporarily exclusive to AT&T (ugh!). I actually wanted the HTC 8X when I went in, but a salesperson convinced me otherwise because the vaunted Nokia Maps. Big mistake.
I have had so many issues with Nokia Drive not tracking my position well, stopping to track me altogether, and a severe lack of features. I had no idea this amazing Garmin app was available, but now I will be returning this Lumia garbage and switching to HTC 8X!! :)
I really want to like Nokie Drive but last week on 3 of the 5 locations, I was guided to the wrong streets. They were all close but most of the time I was in the street behind the neighborhood I needed to be in, and a furniture store I was trying to get to was just completely wrong and said that it was in the middle of a residential neighborhood.
Luckily I had Navigon which got me to all my locations without a single hickup.
I do realize that you mileage may vary (pun intended :) ) depending on where you live, but I can say that in Vancouver WA and parts of Portland OR, it's pretty spotty.
I hope these things get fixed, and most importantly I wish MS and Nokia would merge there map data not remove bing maps entirely. Nokia Maps thinks that an old restaruant near my house "Bostons" is there. They've been closed for the better part of 4 years now and it's now an auto parts store.
I tested out the Nokia Maps for example and typed in Winco (A big grocery store chain in my parts). It is literally across the street from my work. I didn't find it... however If I go to that location manually I have the blue print to that store on maps, I can see the aisle information, where restrooms are, etc.
SERIOUSLY you have that kind of detailed info for my store but you do not mark it on your maps as POI?
I have probably sent in (including the Nokia Drive app) 10 fixes for them. Not one has been updated (although they responded to my email with automated response) and I just got tired of it.
So yes I neglected to say in my initial post that I didn't send in the feedback, but I have done so. I have used Nokia Maps more then drive and I stopped using Maps because it's just not great, or even really close to good.
Again that is in my area, with a population of 165,000.
By the way gMaps is a great alternative as well as Bing's Maping service.
More importantly, Nokia needs to go out and buy a standalone TomTom, a standalone Garmin, check out Google Maps on Android (and now iOS), and check Apple's Maps as well, and compare their app against those. Nokia has the CONTENT / the maps correct, but they are missing so much basic functionality that it's completely ridiculous. My Commute is the least of the things that is currently missing.
Given that Nokia had virtually no presence, or at least just a small presence with Symbian, in the U.S. for 4+ years, it may take some time for Nokia to get the data they need to update maps and Drive. But since there are more and more Nokia Lumia users coming on board, as long as we report back to them, the better the improvements will be.
One would think that two years after switching platforms, Nokia would have gotten their one killer-app fully polished on WP8. Personally, I think they would have been at the same place (at least) sales-wise if they had persevered with Symbian and Meego, especially since one could use QT to develop for both. Looks like they've spent the past two years trying to catch-up.
On top of that, the Nokia Maps application already HAS directions for transit, walking, and driving, and then launches a separate application on top of that for voice directions or scheduling your public transportation trip. Google does it in a single application for Android and for iOS, so I don't know what you're saying about it being "separate parts". But more importantly, having it all split out and showing Nokia Transit, Nokia Drive+, Nokia Maps, Nokia City Lens all as separate entries in the app list just is a confusing experience for the end user... maybe not those of us browsing this site, but the general consumer.
Don't even get me started on how if you launch Nokia Maps from the app list you get Nokia Maps, but if you try to launch maps from a search or Local Scout you end up in Bing Maps, either.
Already with WP8, you can start Nokia Drive from Nokia Maps and expect more integration in the future.
I'm quite suprised not finding a live rerouting feature on my Nokia Drive on Lumia 820. I've just switched from Nokia N8 (Symbian) and I can't believe I'm not finding this feature implemented on Nokia Drive by default. This is incredibly important for anyone driving, at any time. I don't want to wait a year hoping. Reason I'm with Nokia is mostly Nokia Drive! Should I go back to the polished Nokia Drive on the Nokia N8?
Without mentioning that Nolkia Walk (in Nokia Maps) has all the fancy detailed type of maps but no vibration or voice notifications. Let alone the possibility of switching off the screen while with Nokia Walk.
Please let me know about Nokia Drive traffic rerouting. I'm deciding if I should return my Nokia Lumia 920 and have very little time left.
Edit: Just got it!! Yay!
Also, where the $%#& are alternate routes? Seriously? I can't look at any alternate routes? That's just total garbage. I might as well just pick up an HTC 8X and download the Navigon app since everyone is drooling over it.
will it be on the htc 8X to? not the features
just the map, the data, i need it
My wife has a Nokia and while I prefer my lighter phone, I like the drive app a lot. I hope this goes somewhere.
I would say this is the single biggest disappointment I have had in the 920. I use maps frequently and this just doesn't cut it. Beta or not, Nokia was talking smack at Apple about their maps. They have zero room to talk after appling Windows Phone 8.
Also, I still say that Nokia Drive is not as good at using fuzzy search on addresses. If you give it too much information, it fails. Let's say you give it the full address including city, st and zip code. In my experience, if you give it the wrong city, it will fail in cases where Bing would not. There are too many suburbs around large cities where the Suburb name and the City name are used interchangeably due to post offices. I technically live in the Fort Worth, but my post office is out of Keller.
I definitely think that Drive should be a superset of Maps. You have no satellite view in Drive. I can pin a spot on Maps, but I haven't found a way to pin a spot on Drive. The two don't share favorite locations either.
It just seems very disjointed with both the OS and between the Nokia apps.