Login

Nokia Drive+ Beta now available for Windows Phone 8 devices

Nokia Drive 3.0 hands-on

Microsoft announced on Wednesday that the Nokia Drive+ Beta turn-by-turn navigation app is now available for all Windows Phone 8 smartphones in the US, UK, and Canada. Previously, the Nokia Drive+ app was only available for Nokia smartphones, and other Windows Phone smartphones had to make do with Microsoft's Bing Maps app for navigation purposes, which lacks features like voice-guided directions.

The Drive+ app features full, voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation, offline maps, speed limit warnings, and different modes for day and night usage. Microsoft say that the app is still in beta while it's being fine tuned, but Windows Phone users can download it for free directly from the Windows Phone Store right now.

One of our biggest complaints with the HTC Windows Phone 8X and other non-Nokia Windows Phone smartphones was the lack of free voice-guided directions and general lousiness of the native Windows Phone 8 maps app, and it's good to see that Microsoft has addressed this. Nokia promised back in June of last year that it would make the Drive app available to all of Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 partners, but today is the first time that HTC, Samsung, and other Windows Phone devices have had access to it. Nokia and Microsoft's close relationship has already resulted in Nokia providing the mapping data used by the Bing Maps app, and now Microsoft owes one more item to Nokia. Of course, with Nokia putting its full weight and trust behind Windows Phone 8 for its smartphone line, it owes Microsoft just as much.

The Verge
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new Verge username and password

As part of the new Verge launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to Verge going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new Verge username and password

As part of the new Verge launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to Verge going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.
Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.