Do you have a Windows Phone 8 device? Do you use offline Maps? Then you may want to peep under the app’s setting to see if you have an update.
We’re getting reports that Microsoft (and technically Nokia) are pushing out Map data updates to devices with Windows Phone 8 and while you’ll eventually get a pop up notification telling you as much, you can get the data early by fetching it yourself.
We just updated our New York State file (156.5MB) and it only took a few moments over Wi-F on both our ATIV S and Lumia 920. There’s no word on how many states or regions worldwide are getting this update, so apologies in advance if you don’t have one.
There’s also no details on what this actually updates, though it’s safe to presume more accurate points-of-interest (POIs) and street names are likely candidates. We last had an update nearly 30 days ago, so it looks like this could be a regular process.
To check for updates, launch Maps > Settings > Check for Updates (If using 'Nokia Maps', then launch that app > Download Maps > Update Current Maps). Thanks for all who sent this in.
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