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Nokia releases its mapping and navigation apps to all Windows Phone 8 users

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Nokia Drive 3.0 hands-on
Nokia Drive 3.0 hands-on

You no longer need a Nokia-branded Windows Phone to run the company's various mapping and navigation apps. Today Nokia has opened up availability of Here Maps, Here Drive Beta, and Here Transit to all Windows Phone 8 devices in the US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, and Spain. The three applications offer users more detailed location data (particularly in the case of turn-by-turn navigation) compared to Bing Maps, the default mapping software that ships on Windows Phone hardware. A Nokia Drive+ Beta first opened up to users late last month, and the app remains in non-final form here. Even so, it (like Here Maps) provides niceties like offline map caching and customizable layers that show only the points of interest you're looking for. All three apps are available from the Windows Phone Marketplace now.