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Nokia does a solid. Releases turn-by-turn Drive nav app for all Windows Phone 8 devices

Today, Nokia along with Microsoft have released Nokia’s famed Drive app for all Windows Phone 8 devices in the United States, Canada and the UK.  The app allows users to get full voice guided turn-by-turn navigation with 2D or 3D renderings right to their phone, including offline mapping capability.

Microsoft and Nokia famously entered into a technology sharing agreement back in February 2011 and part of that deal had to do with maps. Nokia was reportedly going to bring “mapping abilities” to all Windows Phone users but it was unclear how that would happen, including what role OEMs would play (if any at all).

The app is now live in the Store and users can go and download it today. We should note that this is very new, so there’s a good chance you may have to wait a few hours depending on your region to get the new app.

For all Windows Phone 8 users in the available regions, you should be very happy to get what is easily one of the top navigation apps completely for free. Let us know in comments what you think!

Grab Nokia Drive Beta+ here in the Windows Phone Store. Thanks, JPDVM2014, for the tip

Source: Microsoft

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Nokia does a solid. Releases turn-by-turn Drive nav app for all Windows Phone 8 devices

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Finally. I tried out Drive on a friend's 920 and I really liked it. Glad I'll now be able to use it on my 8X (once it's available. Currently I'm getting a message saying it's not available in my region, which is the US).

 

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Well colour you ungrateful. Nokia is providing everyone with an app that was previously only for Nokia Devices. Drive (not Drive+) was already available to other phones, providing that the OEM's included it. FYI, 217 days ago they only annouced that Drive would be available to all WP8 devices, not Drive+

Well considering Apple and Google both have built-in turn by turn navigation, I'd say this should have been available to all WP 8 devices from day one. Actually, I'd prefer Microsoft just make their own app.

Well, Nokia really doesn't owe you anything, and Microsoft, it seems, never had the chops to create their own navigation app.

Bing navigation was available for WM back in 2009 and was excellent.  WP7 then had total crap, but with WP7.5 it was good enough, but not as good as Bing back on WM.  Now, Nokia Drive+ will best them all once they take it out of Beta.

Okay. I forgot about that - that's the version where you had to tap the screen to get directions, right?

Bing Navigation still did things that Nokia Drive does not (like read street names), 
 
To this day I have no idea why MS didn't port Bing Navigation to WindowsPhone.
 

Apple release turn by turn navigation when iphone 5 came out and we know how that turned out.

its not just app.to make navigation you need little bit more than just guy with skill to make app.nokia bought navteq and that was company that was making navigation.its not like ms can buy garmin and then have his own app in store

Or you could just be happy that NOKIA is sharing an app it developed and put hard work and money into with all WP OEM's.

I'm sure they got money from Microsoft for using the software, and I'm also sure Nokia exclusivity for a few months was part of the deal.

I don't know?! They expect us to be grateful they did something they didn't need to?! Lets cry some more!

I've got a 920 and those bastards over at HTC haven't given me a damn thing yet. You'd think they didn't appreciate me as their competitor's costumer.

it's a shame that's just North America and all WP7.x users are cutted out
 
i dont care because i purchased navigon a long time ago, but i dont think WP 7.x user will be happy

I don't think they would do it and if I were them, I also wouldn't do. 
Having separate apps helps in easier and faster development and app updates. 

^This!

Why? Because Nokia Drive has routed me to "city center" and not the actual address l've pasted in before. That's enough reason to want a list view of turns, something that is available in Nokia Maps. So instead of a one way trip from Maps to Drive like it is now they could link back to Maps from Drive at least if they aren't going to add basic features into Drive. And don't get me started on the missing, voice-guided, turn by turn walking directions....

Or... they can integrate maps INTO drive. it's like splitting the facebook app into "newsfeed" and "my timeline", when there's an option to simply view both in the same app

So this is the same as the Drive+ Beta app I already enjoy on the 920 just now available for all WP8 devices? I mis-read the title as Nokia Drive had been released i.e graduated out of Beta.

Weird... It looks like I can install this version next to the version that came with my 920. Are there any differences?

Seems confusing to customers.  If we already have the app it should show already installed.  Not let us install two of the same thing and waste space.

^^Exactly.  No doubt, those haters will download it just to bash it!  But secretly, they will love it and use it as their go-to navigation solution :)

I have a 920 and love it but man the Drive app sucks in my area. Again in my area. I wish the map updates would come faster. 

Let's do our part and report those issues!  I haven't found many, just a couple; but I reported them nonetheless :)

Yeah be good to know difference between this and version I already had on my 920...
New one is version 1.0.0.0 and old one is version 2.1.0.1451
Map versions are also different

Now, if only it was any good.  Nokia really needs to buy a few standalone units, plus try Apple and Google's solutions, because it's missing so much functionality that is basic to others.

If you read the app name it says Nokia Drive + "Beta"...
It works good and i use it all the times, it will not be good to have a look at Apple Maps, i agree they still need to add functionality in the next release hopefully.

jhof90 - It has basic features and more.  Keep in mind, that you nor anyone else had to come out of pocket to use it. 
 
Additionally, Nokia has great maps, as I can attest to using their mapping/drive solutions on Symbian - it is a bit more robust on Symbian, but no doubt those features, including street announcements, should migrate over to WP at some point.

The maps are great, but the program isn't any good.

You don't have to pay for Google Maps' Navigation on Android or iOS, or for Apple Maps on iOS either. That's not an excuse any more.

Nokia is not responsible for the navigation for WP, just Lumia devices.  And as I stated, Nokia's navigation is a bit more robust on Symbian than WP - Nokia knows navigation.  Ultimately, WP will be up to par, and will hopefully, surpass the Symbian version.   And with users diligently reporting issues, those reports will also go toward improving the data.
 
All of this to say, Nokia doesn't need to get a standalone navigation unit.

Nokia Drive is superior to every other free navigation app, why would they try Google's solution?

Clearly you've never used Google's navigation on Android, where you even get a street view to show you exactly where you need to turn.
 
But there's completely basic stuff that every other navigation program does that is missing.  Biggest example is rerouting due to traffic.  It's absolutely impossible in Nokia Drive, when even Bing Maps does it.
 
The Nokia / Navteq map data is great.  The program itself is still horrible, after over a year of work.

Street view pretty much sucked when I used it. It never showed a picture of the destination, usually the camera is way off. Plus you couldn't download a whole state or country. I had times where 3g went out and it became useless.

Do you really believe this? Google Navigation gives you three route choices and allows you to easily switch between them. Worked great this past weekend and allowed me to totally avoid the DC area due to the inauguration.

When I was in NY (just when Sandy came over too :P) I could get around there using Nokia Drive while on a roaming tarrif that was 1.6 dollars for 3 megs, working offline made the Nokia Drive actually practical for that I just downloaded NY and New Jersey.
After the Navtec map data working offline is the killer feature for me, if it does not have that then its not an option in most circumstances.

Well then sure, teach me how to get a route summary, or how to have it reroute because of traffic, or how to avoid part of a route, or find a POI near my route, or respond to voice entry, or allow multi-stop routes.

Good luck finding those features though, because they're not present.  Meanwhile their competitors do most or all of these features.

ok.than go out and buy garmin.second option is that you get gmaps and go rooming.than show us your bill for that month.i was in cz couple months ago with my lumia without worry to get lost.navigation was working just fine.also found all poi with no problem.my only miss was that i didnt have citty lens installed at that time.it would be fun to test it somewhere i dont know around but on other hand you only need nav to take you from point a to point b.then just open eyes and look around.its fun.trust me

can't find in store search, direct link to store page errors with Error Code: 805a0194.  Installed through web site, says it will download to phone but hasn't.
HTC 8x (Verizon)
:(

Same here. Hopefully they'll fix it up soon.
Edit: Was just trying the QR code again to post the error code on the Microsoft news post and it worked. Oh, happy day. :)

Same thing happened for me, I tried what you suggested and it downloaded. Guess who is using turn by turn to get home from work today?

Pulling it down now for my Verizon 8x.  Thanks Nokia, I harbor no ill will, as a matter of fact, bought two 822's for my in-laws.  I want Windows Phone to suceed, I am not a handset champiion, but a platform champion.

This app is a newer version than the Nokia collection app. Nokia app is 2.1.0.1451 and the new one is 2.1.0.1483....no clue what this means...just thought you'd like to know

Great, another promise that is fullfilled... for a very limited area. Thank you once again Microsoft ;-)

This is just such a moment when I think: "People should know now, that I am well aware of this difference." But you maybe not, so I just tell you: I'm well aware of the difference, and I have read the FIRST sentence of this article.
"Nokia along with Microsoft have released"
...

As they stated it's a joint venture between Microsoft and Nokia so as it is I am sure everyone here can read no real need for sarcasm... But most Nokia users are very excited about Nokia because they build decent apps!

I'm surprised they didn't charge for non-Nokia phones.  Maybe Microsoft influenced them to do it.  Seems like they are buddies.

I'd imagine Microsoft is licensing the mapping software from Nokia (through a partnership that dates back quite a while).

I couldn't click download fast enough; my finger was shaking with excitement.  This is one of the few apps that I have been missing since moving to the 8X from the Lumia 800

Damn, how about they add in a few more locales so more people can get it?  I'm tired of so many apps and services are US only and so on.

That's been fixed.  No matter what, if you are not actually navigating, there is no battery drain no matter how you exit the app.

Excellent had this on my road trip in France on my Lumia 800. Now on HTC 8x and missed this like a limb. HAPPY DAYS

finally bridges one of the gaps with having the htc 8x that i was not expecting to have since ms/nokia said this would be available on all wp8 handsets.  they failed to mention that it wouldn't be there on release or built-in to the OS (at least from what i saw/read).  when looking back it's only been about 3 months i think since the day i got my 8x on the day it was released but when you are waiting for something it seems like it takes forever...so, not too shabby really.
installed and tested on my 8x,  looks like it will do the trick just fine.  i notice there is only a plain 2d/3d view but if you need pictures/images on the grid there's still the built-in maps for that.  your favorites in built-in wp8 maps are separate favorites than in the nokia app but when you open one of your location faves in wp8 and choose directions it will autolaunch nokia drive whereas before it would tell you you needed a navigation app installed.  you can add new favorites in nokia drive easily and then pin those to your start screen.  already have my home location pinned :-).

This is awesome... Patiently awaiting it to show up in the app store for the US on my VZW HTC 8X.

Edit: it appeared just now in the app store. I no longer need to worry about google blocking map access or Verizon's VZ nav app. The galaxy is at peace again.

My 920 already came with Nokia drive+beta. Is this the same thing. Because its weird having the same app installed twice

I think this is a good move to compete against google navigation and iLost maps. MS doesn't have a standalone navigation map unless its built into Bing. If I'm wrong feel free to correct. Turn by turn navigation is a much needed app for the whole WP ecosystem so I think this was a good move for competition. Personally I love Nokia drive and personally think its better than Google navigation. But Nokia still has some work to do on their maps. But its not shabby at all.

Well, i debated between a Nokia 920 and the HTC 8x when i decided to ditch android and go wp8 and it was a tough one. The 920 was better because of Nokia's exclusive apps (mainly Drive for me) but was bigger and heavier, or the 8x for the brilliant form factor and more competitive price. I plumbed for the 8x and have been struggling to find a decent nav app. Now this has happened and all I can say is "Happy Days!".

8x = more competitive price? Sure, if by more competitive you mean twice as expensive for half the storage and missing several standout features.

Daniel, do you know if they are going to change the regions for Nokia drive? Since the world is allot bigger than just the US, UK and Canada.. :-/

Region 'Netherlands' leads to the market telling me its not available for my phone, which would be correct if you look at the regions the app is released to.
Changed region to 'United Kingdom' and was able to download the app. 
This is where is started hoping it would work, but unfortunalty it doesn't support my SIM card (Vodafone NL), which leads me to believe that this is also part of the regional restriction.
App tells me:
'SIM card unsupported (MCC: 204)' - 'Tab "back" to exit application' 
 
O, well.. just going to have to wait for a official local release :)

I installed it on my U.S. t-mobile 8X and looked at the settings.Under Navigation Licenses it shows Global. When I tap licenses to see supported countries/areas it looked like a comprehensive list including Netherlands and Ireland. Hopfully I won't have to use my U.S. tmobile SIM in order to use the application when I am out of the country. That would not work as the cost of roaming data is absurd. I always get a local pre-paid SIM when out of the country.

Does it let you randomly select a spot on the map and drive there?  The old Drive requires an address to be entered first.

I **really** hope Nokia was compensated for this app that they put money and time into developing.  It is a differentiating factor for their devices and this might cut into their sales.  For all of the "fragmentation" whining, I still don't see HTC or Samsung releasing any of their exclusive apps to the platform.  Just be grateful to Nokia.

Are ALL of the features the same?  Will HTC/Samsung get offline maps? I imagine on the 8X it would get cozy with that limited storage.

 

It would make sense that they get compensated by the other oems, or Microsoft subsized it for the other oems.  If I recall correctly, the original licensing from Microsoft was for Bing/Navteq data for maps only.
 
Would love to see the details of the Nokia/Microsoft deal, though :)

^This!
Why? Because Nokia Drive has routed me to "city center" and not the actual address l've pasted in before. That's enough reason to want a list view of turns, (just to double-check accuracy) something that is available in Nokia Maps. So instead of a one way trip from Maps to Drive like it is now they could link back to Maps from Drive at least if they aren't going to add basic features into Drive. And don't get me started on the missing, voice-guided, turn by turn walking directions....

Agreed. Doesn't  make sense, but we don't know about any licensing of subsidizing deals that may have gone on.

This is a good move from MS and Nokia for WP8.
Now if Samsung would do the same with "ChatOn" and HTC with their HTC app, WP8 would benefit even more.

Right?? Maybe the "fragmentation" whiners will turn on Samsung and HTC now. Samsung is the WORST. Their ChatOn app is available to ALL of Android, iOS, Bada, Blackbery, etc. Heck, they are even on feature phones and the web, but only their devices on Windows Phone.

WOOHOO. Downloaded and installed. I also downloaded the Surfer Dude voice - let's see how long that lasts as the configured voice...

Hmmm...IF I end up liking Drive, wish I would've known this before plucking down $6.99 on the GPS Voice Navigation app...though its a good app, rather not spend the money...

Daniel, Nokia drive Beta + supports less countries than Nokia Drive! Do know or have a link of what are the available/missing countries?

Installed it....get "Sim Card unsupported (MMC:204)"  I can't imagine they wouldn't support the 8X on Verizon.  Hopefully this gets fixed

With me being an owner of a Nokia 920 I liked having exclusivity on this. It was always something cool my device could do that some if my friends couldn't.

For the good of the platform I see this as something good. Windows Phone 8 needs all the help it can get.

You've still got plenty of Nokia cool - I mean, it's a Lumia 920!  But you also got Photobeamer, Nokia City Lens, Nokia Transit, and some exclusive Xbox live titles.
 
You're still cool :)

I have to say I reckon that's the reason why Nokia has released the app now free of charge. If you think about it it's a good choice. People who may of been put off the 8x for navigation will now be more interested in one, this brings more users to windows phone, more users = more development more devlopment = even more users as the os gets more popular. Nokia know that the 8x isn't a threat to them even though that's my phone lol.

This is great news! Thanks Nokia. Even better when I downloaded the map for my state, I got the low free space warning so I went to check storage and Other went from 3.65GB to 2.65GB! I guess other really can free itself up in certain situations. Woohoo free gig!

This is cool. Nice app. I don't have a WP8, but does this version have the My Commute feature? I personally like Bing Maps better since it is integrated with the OS, but look at the Drive Live tile every day for commute estimates.

Can't wait til they release City Lens... I had a Nokia Lumia 822, besides the exclusive apps I hated it. Gotta Verizon 8X now!

Now I have to wonder if people ever used an Android device...
 
On Google Android, Maps, Places, Navigation were essentially one app but you had shortcuts to each.  The interface looked basically the same because that was what Google was going for.  Nokia has a maps application - you know, to find things - and it links to Drive+ when you need to get turn by turn directions. 
The way this is implemented on Windows Phone is by no means cumbersome or unintuitive. 

My 920 lets me install this app even though I already have drive. I installed it just to see what happens and it gives me two separate drive apps with different settings. Seems dumb so I removed the 2nd app.

This is a beta therefore it is for testing purposes or for a preview of what the new version is going to look like; it will eventually replace the current version you have but shouldn't be used as a direct replacement as it can be buggy as the non beta version will be perfect =D
Hope that clears it up for you =)

Question: On an 8x, does this use the same maps that are downloaded for the "Maps" app that comes with the phone...or do you need to download additional, different maps to use Nokia Drive+?

i'm pretty sure it does because i did nothing in the app as far as downloading offline maps (didn't even go into the setting) since i was on 4g and didn't bother (knowing it would use out of my data plan) so when i got home and connected wifi i went into the option in nokia drive for managing maps and it already showed my state which is what i had already downloaded in the wp8 built-in Maps app some time ago.  my state is a little over 100mb just for reference.

Can someone explain to me what the difference is between this app and the built in Maps on my 8X? Doesn't that already give me turn by turn directions? Without a voice, but it seems to work fine.

Can someone please explain what is the difference between this one and the Nokia Drive+ Beta i already installed on my phone last year by "Nokia Corp" for lumia devices? Very annoying to have 2 versions now in the app store (nokia version)

General Comment To All Those Above.

HATERS EVERYWHERE WE GO, EVERYWHERE WE GO!!!
I'm just gonna say, this is really good news for everybody :)

Wonder how much ms paid nokia...that was one of the biggest advantages of nokia, and now its gone

Excited to try this.  Verizon had a driving app on my 8X that they wanted $10 a month for, and I was not impressed.  Also, the built-in directions app, at least on the Verizon 8X, seemed to have taken a step back from my Win7 HTC Trophy.  On the 8X, if I went a different way, the phone would say "You've gone a different way".  That does not happen on the 8X.

God damn 3rd world countries, like mine (croatia)...
Any ideas when will it be out of beta or at least available for the rest of the world?

Change your country on wp to US in settings, restart and then download the app from the direct link from this post...

Does this mean the WP7 version of this app will be released for all other WP7 phones, too? Not everyone had the option of buying a WP7 Nokia device for their carrier or are able to upgrade to a WP8 device any time soon. I can't upgrade my Trophy until April.

Hah ha ha! Navigon (garmin) for £72 or Nokia Drive + for free? Hmmm, let me think.

Sales will be soaring now eh, Navigon? Cuz at £72 they must have been flying off the (virtual) shelves.

Nice one MS/Nokia.

Followed the Store link in the article, and being in Norway, the Install button is (unsurprisingly) missing. However, when scrolling to the bottom of the page, I found the "Download and install manually" link, which actually allows me to download the .xap file. Now, if my phone supported SD cards, this would enable me to install the app from an SD card, wouldn't it?
Seems like an opening to actually get the app outside of those few, lucky markets. Did anyone try this?
 

As far as Nokia making a mistake by giving this away...  Remember, this is still a beta, so we don't know what the final feature set of each app will be. I wouldn't be surprised to see them reserve certain "Premium" features (ie traffic) for the exclusive app with the free app having a subset of "basic" features.

Its a bit dissapointing that the release is scoped only to US, UK and Canada.
Please NOKIA do sometning about it, the rest of the world will be gratefull.

Even though the application works fine on Australian Lumia 920s, it's not available for other Windows Phone 8 devices in the store - why do Microsoft and Nokia hate us so much? Changing the phone region allows the application to be downloaded, however upon opening it you receive a SIM Card error message.
No wonder so many people buy iPhones

maybe I'm reading this wrong but I've had this app since last month. I don't have an update or anything........