Nokia Maps to replace Bing Maps in Windows Phone 8

Nokia Maps to replace Bing Maps in Windows Phone 8A week today, we’ll finally get a “sneak peek at the future of Windows Phone”, which presumably means some sort of Apollo unveiling or something.

Ahead of the so-called Windows Phone “Summit”, we’re hearing details of some big changes in Apollo, namely that Bing Maps will be overthrown by Nokia Maps - not just in Nokia handsets, but all Windows Phones.

That’s the story according to the folks at WPCentral, who add – in a feature suggesting that Apollo will be “more impressive” than iOS 6 – that Nokia Maps will boast “3D navigation and hardware acceleration”.

This certainly isn’t the first time we’ve heard such rumours. Indeed, over a year ago, it was suggested that Ovi Maps (remember Ovi?) would ultimately replace Bing Maps.

The feature goes on to suggest that Microsoft’s Skype will provide a sexy alternative to iOS 6’s FaceTime (and arguably iMessage, to an extent), but concedes that there’s no answer to Siri just yet. Well, unless Microsoft has a big surprise up its sleeve.

Other Windows Phone Apollo features are thought to include multi-core action (all Windows Phones to date have been single-core), multiple screen resolutions, and a focus on Near Field Communication (NFC).

One week today, chaps. Stay tuned.

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farfromout  Jun. 13, 2012 at 15:42

You say they dont have a Siri equivalent, but back when I had my Omnia 7, I found that the speech recognition to be one of the best features of that phone. Im now rocking android, and the windows version was much better. If I could get skype on my windows handset (back before I sold it) I probably would have stuck with that. Long live Windows!

Monkeybusiness  Jun. 13, 2012 at 16:10

?!
Nokias only real USPs are the cameras, always just that little better than the competition, and Nokia Maps, the best satnav on any phone.
More and more Nokia phones are now using EDOF instead of autofocus which makes the camera useless for some people.
Now, they're giving Nokia Maps to other manufacturers!
Gives me the feeling that 3 years ago, someone near the top of Nokia decided that they didn't really like selling phones. And bit by bit they're making sure nobody will want one!

satchef1  Jun. 14, 2012 at 12:03

You say they dont have a Siri equivalent, but back when I had my Omnia 7, I found that the speech recognition to be one of the best features of that phone. Im now rocking android, and the windows version was much better. If I could get skype on my windows handset (back before I sold it) I probably would have stuck with that. Long live Windows!

TellMe is the Microsoft service. It powers voice control on Windows Phone and Xbox, but is nowhere near as advanced as Siri. Presently, TellMe is capable of minor voice control (specific commands like 'Xbox', 'Games', 'Option 1' or 'Open Maps') and speech-to-text (Bing search on Xbox, messaging on Windows Phone). While the former works, the latter can be a little bit flakey.
Siri's capabilities are further along on both fronts. It's been designed to allow users to talk naturally to it, sentences rather than commands. Speech recognition is a little more accurate too (though like TellMe, strong accents phase it). The biggest difference with Siri is the human element. It's been designed to interact with users like a human being; two way conversation. Siri finds and presents answers to you, rather than just throwing you straight in to the browser and Google.com, with your question in the search field.

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