Getting driving and transit instructions on Windows Telephone could be an inconsistent expertise, at finest, however Nokia is trying to enhance the state of affairs in the present day by releasing its “Right here” location apps to all Windows Phones. The apps — Right here Maps, Right here Drive, Right here Transit and Right here Metropolis Lens — can be found now within the Windows Telephone Retailer.
It is a balancing act for Nokia, which competes towards other Windows Telephone makers, together with HTC and Samsung. Nokia can also be making an outsized guess on the Windows Telephone platform, and wants the bigger ecosystem to achieve the long term.
Nokia says in a blog post, “HERE works finest with Nokia Lumia, however in a joint effort to additional strengthen the Windows Telephone ecosystem, Microsoft and Nokia are making HERE Maps, HERE Drive and HERE Transit accessible to folks with any Windows Telephone 8 smartphone. This unique supply is on the market in US, Canada, Mexico, UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.”
I’ve downloaded the Noke apps to my HTC 8X Windows Telephone and will likely be attempting them out this week, evaluating them to the Google Maps expertise on iPhone.
Nokia is touting the offline capabilities of its maps as one point of differentiation, however at first blush the combination of Google’s transit, strolling and driving instructions right into a single app looks like a greater expertise to me. I’ll publish extra impressions after I spend extra time with the Nokia apps.