Report: Nokia Maps replacing Bing Maps in all Windows Phone devices
Microsoft's forthcoming Windows Phone 8 will initiate the transition from Bing Maps to Nokia Maps, introducing features including 3D navigation and hardware acceleration, WPCentral reports. In February, Microsoft and Nokia announced a unified maps design for both the mobile and desktop versions of Bing and Nokia Maps, indicating designers from both companies collaborated to create a streamlined approach including improved contrast, colors and typography.
Nokia Maps services feature turn-by-turn directions, voice navigation tools and multiple map views like public transport and live traffic. Nokia Maps includes software and services acquired via deals for companies like navigation platform Navteq, 3D urban modeling software developer PixelActive and crowdsourced traffic alert solutions provider Trapster. Last July, Nokia integrated the Navteq unit into its new Location & Commerce business.
Microsoft is expected to unveil Windows Phone 8 during an event scheduled for June 20. WPCentral adds Windows Phone 8 will integrate Skype VoIP services and support for Near Field Communications-based contactless payments.
Nokia introduced its Windows Phone-based Lumia smartphone series in late 2011. Windows-based mobile devices make up just 4 percent of smartphones in the U.S. according to comScore data issued earlier this month.
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