Official Nokia Maps for Windows Phone app revealed, with screenshots

By damaster | Posted October 2, 2011 23 comments

There’s been quite a few news about Nokia recently. First we have information about a Nokia “Sabre” Windows Phone device, and next we have Nokia “Ace”. Today Long Zheng from iStartedSomething noticed a private marketplace listing for the official Nokia Maps app on the Windows Phone marketplace. Here’s a description of the app:

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.

While the app cannot be installed (nor is it functional at the moment, according to reports), we can see some of its functionalities through the screenshots published in the marketplace:

Nokia Maps - Directions Public TransportNokia Maps - Restaurant FinderNokia Maps - AboutNokia Maps - Photos

In the first screenshot, you can see “smart routing for public transport” in action, something the built-in Bing Maps app doesn’t offer at the moment. In the subsequent series of screenshots, you can see Nokia Maps features some great localised information such as finding a restaurant in downtown London. The app lets you check out reviews and photos about the places, and you can even upload your own photo to contribute to the localised database.

According to Long, the app supports the full 22 locales that Windows Phone Mango supports, meaning that the app should be available for all – or at the very least those with one of those upcoming Nokia Windows Phones. With the Nokia-Microsoft deal covering mapping technologies, one would hope that Microsoft would integrate this into Bing Maps, which would benefit us all.

Posted October 2nd, 2011 at 3:41 am
  • henryed07

    Can’t seem to see it in the Marketplace – UK

    • damaster

      It’s a private marketplace listing (i.e. you can’t find it in search results unless you have the deep link to it).

      • henryed07

        Ahh, ok. Thank you!

  • http://twitter.com/Henryed07 Henry Edwards

    Can’t seem to see it in the Marketplace – UK

  • http://twitter.com/Henryed07 Henry Edwards

    Can’t seem to see it in the Marketplace – UK

    • Damaster – LiveSide.net

      It’s a private marketplace listing (i.e. you can’t find it in search results unless you have the deep link to it).

      • http://twitter.com/Henryed07 Henry Edwards

        Ahh, ok. Thank you!

  • http://twitter.com/paint99 Larry

    I don’t get it. This is going to compete with Bing? It seems like Nokia should have sold this to the Bing team. Making an ultra map app is better than two good apps.

  • http://twitter.com/paint99 Larry

    I don’t get it. This is going to compete with Bing? It seems like Nokia should have sold this to the Bing team. Making an ultra map app is better than two good apps.

  • http://twitter.com/paint99 Larry

    I don’t get it. This is going to compete with Bing? It seems like Nokia should have sold this to the Bing team. Making an ultra map app is better than two good apps.

  • http://www.richspalding.com RichSpalding

    I think manufacturers are having a hard time differentiating their Windows Phone hardware from the competition. Specs are nice, but software is the ‘killer app’. Therefore I think Nokia will keep this limited to Nokia hardware. 

  • http://www.richspalding.com RichSpalding

    I think manufacturers are having a hard time differentiating their Windows Phone hardware from the competition. Specs are nice, but software is the ‘killer app’. Therefore I think Nokia will keep this limited to Nokia hardware. 

    • http://macrosofter.wordpress.com/ quikboy

      I disagree. HTC’s designs have gotten bland in my opinion, LG’s is always cheap or gaudy looking, Samsung is pretty decent yet distinctive, and there are many ways hardware makers can differentiate. Better quality cameras (not just megapixels!) lens, keyboards, color options, better screen quality, etc. There’s plenty ways to go, and they should focus on the hardware, rather than the software.

      • http://www.richspalding.com RichSpalding

        I don’t disagree, hardware is important. My point was more that Nokia won’t make this Maps app free for all Windows Phones, there’s limited business sense in doing that aside from brand awareness. If they keep the Maps app exclusive to Nokia Windows Phones it’s a great marketing message and a ‘killer app’. 

        • Andy

          Microsoft payed Nokia over $1B to get them to jump on the WP7 ship. I wouldn’t be surprised if Nokia had to put their mapping services on the table in return.

  • http://www.richspalding.com RichSpalding

    I think manufacturers are having a hard time differentiating their Windows Phone hardware from the competition. Specs are nice, but software is the ‘killer app’. Therefore I think Nokia will keep this limited to Nokia hardware. 

    • http://macrosofter.wordpress.com/ quikboy

      I disagree. HTC’s designs have gotten bland in my opinion, LG’s is always cheap or gaudy looking, Samsung is pretty decent yet distinctive, and there are many ways hardware makers can differentiate. Better quality cameras (not just megapixels!) lens, keyboards, color options, better screen quality, etc. There’s plenty ways to go, and they should focus on the hardware, rather than the software.

      • http://www.richspalding.com RichSpalding

        I don’t disagree, hardware is important. My point was more that Nokia won’t make this Maps app free for all Windows Phones, there’s limited business sense in doing that aside from brand awareness. If they keep the Maps app exclusive to Nokia Windows Phones it’s a great marketing message and a ‘killer app’. 

        • Andy

          Microsoft payed Nokia over $1B to get them to jump on the WP7 ship. I wouldn’t be surprised if Nokia had to put their mapping services on the table in return.

  • http://twitter.com/Henryed07 Henry Edwards

    Ahh, ok. Thank you!

  • http://macrosofter.wordpress.com/ quikboy

    I disagree. HTC’s designs have gotten bland in my opinion, LG’s is always cheap or gaudy looking, Samsung is pretty decent yet distinctive, and there are many ways hardware makers can differentiate. Better quality cameras (not just megapixels!) lens, keyboards, color options, better screen quality, etc. There’s plenty ways to go, and they should focus on the hardware, rather than the software.

  • http://www.richspalding.com RichSpalding

    I don’t disagree, hardware is important. My point was more that Nokia won’t make this Maps app free for all Windows Phones, there’s limited business sense in doing that aside from brand awareness. If they keep the Maps app exclusive to Nokia Windows Phones it’s a great marketing message and a ‘killer app’. 

  • Andy

    Microsoft payed Nokia over $1B to get them to jump on the WP7 ship. I wouldn’t be surprised if Nokia had to put their mapping services on the table in return.