Nokia today announced it will indeed provide its Nokia Drive turn-by-turn voice-based navigation service to all devices running on Windows Phone 8 irrespective of the brand. We have been using the HTC 8X from the past couple of days and noticed Nokia Drive was absent from the application list. Also Read - Nokia is bringing the best Windows Phone feature to Android and iOS, for free!
“Today, we are making Nokia Drive available to other Windows Phone 8 partners to offer a turn-by-turn navigation experience for people in over 110 countries,” the company announced. At the moment, we are not sure whether this will be available as a free downloadable app on the Windows Store or whether it is up to the handset vendors to pre-install it on their devices, if they choose to do so. Also Read - Nokia HERE Drive+ will be available on all Windows Phone 8 smartphones soon
Nokia Drive is one of the best navigation services that offers turn-by-turn navigation even in offline mode if the user has downloaded maps locally on the device. It also offers voice prompts in more than 50 languages that includes Hindi and Marathi. It works brilliantly in India and also provides real-time traffic update in Mumbai and Delhi. The presence of one of the best navigation services with offline navigation would be one of the biggest differentiating feature for all Windows Phone 8 devices. Also Read - Nokia Drive+ Beta now available for non-Nokia Windows Phone 8 hardware