Nokia Drive+ Beta arrives on all Windows Phone 8 devices

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Over the summer, Nokia announced that it would be releasing its Lumia-exclusive Nokia Drive app on all Windows Phone 8 devices. But when the OS launch came and went without a release, many people including myself assumed that there had been some change behind-the-scenes. Thankfully, just when I thought it would never happen, Nokia and the other Windows Phone manufacturers came through. Nokia Drive+ Beta is now available on all Windows Phone 8 devices!

This free app is arguably one of the best on the platform, providing voice-guided turn-by-turn directions, speed limit alerts, and a whole host of other great features. And on Windows Phone 8, the app is more deeply integrated into the OS as well. Nokia Drive – and, by extension, Nokia Drive+ Beta – is so fantastic that it made using other Windows Phone 8 devices feel like an incomplete experience. It’s surprising that Nokia would give up such a huge selling point for its Lumia devices, but I’m very thankful that it did.

If you have a Windows Phone 8 device, you should download this app immediately. You won’t regret it.

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William Devereux

William Devereux is the former Microsoft editor at Pocketables, as well as a Microsoft MVP and SkyDrive/ Insider. As his title implies, he wrote about all things from Redmond, including Windows 8 and Windows Phone. He is currently carrying a Windows Phone 8X by HTC and a Microsoft Surface with Windows RT tablet.

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5 thoughts on “Nokia Drive+ Beta arrives on all Windows Phone 8 devices

  • Avatar of JRDemaskus

    I am considering a WP8 just for Internet Explorer.
    I hate the Stock Browser on Android, and Dolphin was no better, despite being one of the best reviewed.
    But I don’t see the right device in the near future, and if I buy another Android, it will be atleast 2 years before WP gets another chance, and by then Google will be so far up my ass nothing will get it out.
    Still hopeful though.

    • Avatar of William Devereux

      What kind of device are you looking for?

  • Avatar of JRDemaskus

    Basicly I am looking for an Android flagship spec device.
    Must have 5″+ screen, and SD card.
    Nice to have QI wireless charging, NFC, USB host.
    Don’t care about removeable battery, but should be atleast 3000, like the Note2.
    Would also like it to be future proof, and relevant for altleast 2 1/2 years. Microsoft keeps abandoning devices.
    While I do not like the WP8 UI or experience, I spend 95% of my time on my device, using the Browser. Internet Explorer works as I expect my mobile browser to work.
    I loved WinMo. I can’t tell you how much, or why. I just did. Would love to have 6.5x on modern hardware!

    • Avatar of William Devereux

      There isn’t a Windows Phone that matches that description 100% yet. It sounds like you want a combination of the Samsung ATIV S and the Nokia Lumia 920, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the next Lumia (which is probably coming out mid-2013) fits the bill.

      On the support side, I do know that all Windows Phone 8 devices are guaranteed to get all updates for at least 18 months (longer, depending on your carrier’s contract length, the device manufacturer, etc.).

      • Avatar of JRDemaskus

        I see they are coming, probably this year.
        Depends on how long I am willing to wait.
        Looking forward to the Sony Z (?) end of March.
        Something from Samsung, April?
        And could BB finally turn my head?
        I am not in a hurry. My device lust comes and goes with EVERY single flagship device released.
        Already over the Note2.
        Happy just shopping!


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