Nokia Maps for Lumia Windows Phones updated to version 2.0

Summary:Nokia continues to differentiate and optimize the Lumia devices so that they are clearly the Windows Phone brand to purchase at this time. Nokia Maps gets a nice update to improve the functionality.

Last fall when the Nokia Lumia 800 was released I mentioned why Nokia Windows Phone devices were unique and since then we have seen even more exclusive Lumia content. At this point, if you are looking for a Windows Phone device Nokia is the one to get since they are the only manufacturer working to improve the Windows Phone experience. Today, Nokia updated Nokia Maps on Windows Phone to version 2.0 and I have it up and running on my Lumia 900.

Nokia Maps, through the Nokia Drive application, lets you experience GPS navigation whether you have a connection or not and is available for FREE on Nokia Lumia devices. They regularly update Nokia Maps and in today's 2.0 release we see the following:

  • Ability to add a photo to a place description and leave a review
  • Cross platform syncing of your favorites
  • Ability to pin directions and not just places or categories

As a Nokia N9 owner, I was pleased to see the cross platform syncing support that lets you sync your favorites across Windows Phone, Symbian, and MeeGo as well as with the mobile web version you can use on iOS and Android devices. You simply login to your Nokia account and all your favorites will appear. This is particularly handy when planning a trip since you can go online on a computer web browser and then setup favorites that you then simply select on your phone to navigate to.

I also forgot to previously mention that Bing Maps is now using Nokia Maps traffic and geocoding algorithms to make Bing Maps an even better product on Windows Phone for those that do not have Nokia Lumia devices.

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Matthew Miller started using a mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host with GigaOM's Kevin Tofel on the MobileTechRoundup podcast and an author of three Wiley Companion series books. Matthew started using mobile devices with a US Robotics Pilot 1000 and has owned over 200 d... Full Bio

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