Nokia Drive being offered to all Windows Phone 8 partners, new commute feature revealed

Nokia Drive being offered to all Windows Phone 8 partners, new commute feature revealed

Summary: Nokia Drive, the GPS voice-guided navigation part of Nokia Maps, has been one feature that has distinguished the Lumia line from other Windows Phone devices. Nokia just updated Nokia Drive with new commute features that we will eventually see on all Windows Phones.


Nokia Drive, the GPS voice-guided navigation part of Nokia Maps, has been one feature that has distinguished the Lumia line from other Windows Phone devices. Nokia revealed that Nokia Drive will be coming to all Windows Phone 8 devices, including those from HTC and Samsung. Late last week Nokia released a new version of Nokia Drive for Lumia devices that enhances the daily commuting experience.

Nokia Drive being offered to all Windows Phone 8 partners

The updated version of Nokia Drive for Lumia smartphones takes commuting to the next level and gives you a valid reason to actually use the software on a daily basis. As stated by Nokia, "Nokia Drive with My Commute learns your driving preferences and uses information about the latest traffic conditions to help you choose between the different routes you usually take to get to the places you travel most. It even remembers when you usually leave, providing traffic updates along your route so you’ll know in advance whether there are delays or if you have time to stop by that new café on your way home." I love the ability to pin your commute to the Home screen as well.


Nokia is making Nokia Drive available to these other Windows Phone 8 partners, but it is not a requirement from Microsoft that they necessarily use this on their phones. Partners can use these location assets and build location-based apps upon the Nokia Drive base as well. Some statistics from Nokia regarding their location platform include:

  • Maps data is available for more than 190 countries in more than 50 languages and navigation in more than 110 countries.
  • Nokia collects information from Nokia Drive users and local authorities to provide traffic alerts in 26 countries, and also allow dynamic rerouting.
  • Nokia has venue maps in over 4,600 shopping malls, train stations, airport, sports venues, etc. in 35 countries.
  • Nokia supports multi-modal routing: by car, on foot (including footpaths, shortcuts, etc. in over 400 cities) and by public transportation (over 100 cities).

Nokia is intent on making their location platform the ultimate "Where" experience and providing it on all Windows Phone 8 devices seems like a sound strategy. Location-based applications and services have always been a strong area for Nokia.

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  • Excellent Plan B

    This sounds like a great Plan B for Nokia! If they never make it back to their glory in phones, location services may be able to keep them afloat in the future. Maybe they'll venture beyond phones and deeper into the internet.

    Also, brilliant move to get Microsoft dependent on their location services. This plus the work they are doing on phones should guaruntee them a golden parachute if things get worse.
    • There are only pennies on that business

      not worth it
  • Nokia Drive is excellent

    Nokia Drive is the best satnav I've ever tried.
    Tim Acheson
  • Great, waiting for Windows Phone 8 in November

    Best satnav experience, and based on Lumia 900 pretty sure the Windows Phone 8 devices will be awesome.
  • Will it be free for non-Nokia phones?

    I wonder if there will be a price for the app for non-Nokia devices...
    • It will be free for all WP8 CONSUMERS

      I don't know however if it will be for non-Nokia OEMs.
  • Expensive contracts ban Nokia from users.

    I want this phone but I already have one with 2 years contract. Why don't they accept trades or some sort of unlock advantages that help users have their hands on their phones.
    • Long term contracts

      You got bribed by the "cheap smartphone" and now are forced to pay the full price + operator profit. This is typically aimed at first time phone service subscribers.

      In other places, like in Europe the other way is more prevalent: buy your devices at full price and pay whatever services you see fit. Sometimes, of course the price of subsidized phone + services is about the same or cheaper than just the phone price so it makes sense to buy it that way, pay in advance and use some other service.

      Situations like this are why it is overly important that your smartphone must be upgradeable and supported for several years, like the Apple iPhone. The other extreme is the Windows Phone platform where there is planed obsolescence -- anything you buy with Windows Phone today won't run WP8. That scheme is inherited in the pre-phone service business models, where you buy the device with the OS and if you want newer OS, you buy new device.

      Anyway, you should have known all of this.
  • Nokia branded app on other vendor's phones...

    Yeah, that's going to go over well.
  • what's the upside for Nokia?

    Why give away one of your hardware selling features? Was this part of the deal with MSFT??
    • Nokia and location-based services

      Hi, this is Pino from Nokia.
      You can read how Nokia will differentiate with location-based services here: