Today, Nokia along with Microsoft have released Nokia’s famed Drive app for all Windows Phone 8 devices in the United States, Canada and the UK. The app allows users to get full voice guided turn-by-turn navigation with 2D or 3D renderings right to their phone, including offline mapping capability.
Microsoft and Nokia famously entered into a technology sharing agreement back in February 2011 and part of that deal had to do with maps. Nokia was reportedly going to bring “mapping abilities” to all Windows Phone users but it was unclear how that would happen, including what role OEMs would play (if any at all).
The app is now live in the Store and users can go and download it today. We should note that this is very new, so there’s a good chance you may have to wait a few hours depending on your region to get the new app.
For all Windows Phone 8 users in the available regions, you should be very happy to get what is easily one of the top navigation apps completely for free. Let us know in comments what you think!
Grab Nokia Drive Beta+ here in the Windows Phone Store. Thanks, JPDVM2014, for the tip
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