Monday, October 3, 2011

Nokia Maps coming to Windows Phone 7

The marketplace listing for the Nokia Maps application for Windows Phone 7 have been revealed thanks to a placeholder application that has been discovered by which has since been shared on the forums.

The highly anticipated Nokia maps application is presumed to be exclusively bundled with the Nokia Windows Phone 7 devices to take advantage of their proprietary and highly regarded Nokia (Ovi) Maps service. Apparently its been placed in the marketplace for testing purposes only. And let's hope it won't be exclusive to Nokia WP7 devices.

As you can see from the screenshot above, the description reads,
Nokia Maps helps you to be a local anywhere you go. See where you are and discover places nearby in a snap. Get reviews, uncover new destinations and reach them with smart routing for public transport, walking and driving.
From what can be seen from the few screenshots published, the application seems to feature a pretty simple Metro-inspired UI with a large pinned map area for search results. Place listings include both a short description, user submitted photos and reviews. In one screenshot, the route map includes the stops that users should board and deboard public transport.


The application also appears to support the full 22 locales that Windows Phone Mango now supports. Windows Phone is becoming more and more promising. Makes me want to wait for the release of upcoming Nokia WP7 devices.


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