Nokia Maps’ next destination is Windows Phone – Appears on ‘Sea Ray’ with Voice Navigation
Nokia Maps is set to arrive on the Finn’s contributions to the Windows Phone 7.5 range, including the Nokia Sea Ray and a brand new handset dubbed the Sabre. The Maps app is set to come with Voice Navigation to rival the recent Google Maps upgrade which now allows users audio description to compliment the on-screen 3D map guidance.
Microsoft began the roll out of it’s anticipated portable OS software, Mango, last week, and Nokia are yet to officially unveil their first dedicated ‘Mango’ mobile, so specific Nokia features are quite hush-hush right now.
However, thanks to thenokiablog’s discovery of this promotional graphic in the T-Mobile store in Bonn, Germany, the Nokia Maps with Voice Navigation integrated app was outted unexpectedly, unceremoniously, and luckily posted online, presumably after store staff put out the posters ahead of time. The store has since pulled the publicity but screenshots of the app have appeared on a page marker on the Windows Market Place.
The spiel on the German poster had revealed the Sea Ray in an official picture declaring: “With Nokia drive safely at the finish – including 3D representation and voice-controlled navigation. New operating system: Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) Brilliant 3.7-inch convex AMOLED display.”
Mention of the 3.7” AMOLED display harkens back to last week’s leaked information of the Nokia Sea Ray and Sabre models – which are also set to come designed to fit the new Nokia ‘Micro SIM’ cards which are to appear through Vodafone.
Microsoft’s app market details the app: “Nokia Maps helps you to be a local anywhere you go. See where you are and discover places nearby in a snap. Get reviews, uncover new destinations and reach them with smart routing for public transport, walking and driving.”
Already big on Nokia’s native platform, the Maps service was an impressive feature of the Symbian OS, so the navigational software was expected by many to act as a key feature on Nokia’s WP7.5 host handsets. This leak has really got things started ahead of next month’s Nokia World 2011 Conference from London’s Excel.
With Nokia Maps on Windows Phone 7.5 out and about can we expect a crossover with Microsoft’s own Bing services to follow soon after?