Nokia Drive+ Beta now available for non-Nokia Windows Phone 8 hardware
Nokia’s Drive+Beta mapping application is an integral part of Nokia’s Lumia smartphones, but back when Microsoft announced Windows Phone 8, it said that Nokia Drive would be available to all Windows Phone 8 OEMs. That of course never happened at launch, but now Nokia has finally released its Drive+ Beta turn-by-turn navigation app for other Windows Phone 8 OEMs. The app can be downloaded for free from the Windows Phone Store. Unfortunately, the app currently is only available in the US, UK and Canada.
The app features full turn-by-turn navigation, offline maps, speed limit warnings and different modes for usage in day or night.
Notably, for us this is one of the main reasons to buy into a Nokia Lumia smartphone because Nokia’s Navteq powered solution is considered to be the best in the business. On the other hand, Windows Phone 8 smartphones like HTC 8X have suffered from sub-standard mapping solutions, but now the presence of a free Nokia Drive+ Beta app will be a massive fillip to the platform.
Of course, this was an expected move considering Microsoft has announced it at the Windows Phone 8 developer summit back in June. On top of that, Nokia went ahead and released Nokia Here apps for iOS and Android.
Currently, we do hope that the app becomes available on Windows Phone Store in India pronto, considering Bing Maps on non-Nokia Windows Phones, is frankly quite poor.