- 12-20-2012, 11:07 PM #1
So as many of us know, Nokia HAS announced that Drive is supposed to come to all Windows Phone 8 Devices....but....where the **** is it?
I'm about to happily make the jump from Android to Windows Phone (Blue 8X on Verizon specifically, have been planning on it for a good while) but the only thing holding me back is a proper Navigation solution. I use Google Maps's amazing Navigation on my Galaxy Nexus frequently and it will be very hard to see it go.
Nokia Drive will happily fill that void, but where is it?
Thanks guys, and you can add any more encouraging words about Windows Phone to help me make the jump :)
12-21-2012, 04:42 AM #6
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"Today, we are making Nokia Drive available to other Windows Phone 8 partners to offer a turn-by-turn navigation experience for people in over 110 countries"
- 12-21-2012, 07:29 AM #8
Here is the email that I have received from HTC:
Thank you for contacting HTC technical support.
Mathieu, congratulations on the purchase of your new Windows 8X, we will be more than glad to provide you with the information you required.
Actually the information you have is a little bit wrong, now that HTC will push “HTC locations” for the windows 8x.
HTC Locations allows you to download map data for offline use from a large number of countries just like Nokia Drive does. The GPS navigation speaks to you with voice prompts that tell you where to go even if you don’t have an internet connection. The HTC Locations app does sometimes provide different directions, but one thing that it has over the Nokia Drive app is the lane-changing prompts that tell you which side of the road you should be on.
The application will be release soon.
- 12-21-2012, 08:55 AM #13
What scares me is that I bought the app while I had my HTC HD7 on WP7.5. And I asked the HTC tech again and this is the reply that he gave me:
In regards about HTC locations, I think you may have to download a patch or something like that, but I don’t think you will have to pay the full price on it.
- 12-21-2012, 08:58 AM #14
From another reply from the HTC tech about HTC Locations for WP8. I told him that I bought the app when I had my HTC HD7 on WP7.5 and this is the response I got...which I don't like:
"In regards about HTC locations, I think you may have to download a patch or something like that, but I don’t think you will have to pay the full price on it."
Sorry to have double posted...my pc crashed and I thought that the post didn't worked.
- 12-21-2012, 10:10 AM #16
@tmn0 - Nokia Drive is the piece that does voice-guiided turn-by-turn directions - as does HTC locations.
@Truplaya187, @ultimateone - I think the question has been answered then, it's not going to be free, so unless you bought it before, probably best to go with Garmin or Navigon.
- 12-21-2012, 10:14 AM #17
What sucks is that the way that Nokia and Microsoft told that Nokia Drive would be on all WP8 devices....offered it to other OEMs. In my opinion since Nokia provides the Maps for WP8 they should of put Drive, Maps....in the built-in OS or at least put it in the Store so people can still buy it if they want to.
- 12-21-2012, 01:45 PM #18
In saying that, I don't know why the heck they said they'd offer it to other OEM's. Clearly they couldn't work out the right deal / terms. It's really hurt Nokia in a lot of ways because I think a lot of people bought the 8X over another device, thinking they may get Nokia Drive. People that have bought the 8X under that assumption are also unsure who to be angry with, Nokia? HTC? Microsoft? In the end, you just don't get what you wanted.
It's easy for me to say 'just buy the Nokia', but I get that if you want an HD Screen on Verizon you only have one choice. In saying that, there is going to be more and more stuff coming from Nokia. Going forward it seems there will be more options for devices though.
- 12-21-2012, 02:09 PM #19
I've asked WindowsPhoneSupport on Twitter and said that option is no longer available....WTH!!!!! It's not an OS improvement at all!!!!! So now the only thing that we can do is wait for HTC Locations to come out or another Map App that will at least take the advantage of being able to start the app from the search (Drive - use an app) option.
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- 12-21-2012, 05:55 PM #24
This is what I saw on that same thread you posted:
Thanks for contacting HTC!
Nokia said that Nokia Drive will be available for all Windows 8 phones, this however is up to the manufacturer, we are currently reviewing the possibility of bringing Nokia Drive in our future releases and as an update. Meanwhile, you may try some applications on the Windows marketplace that have voice GPS navigation such as Garmin Streetpilot.
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