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Nokia Reportedly Already Has Windows Phone’s Answer to Apple’s New Maps App

Nokia Lumia 900 Maps 2

You may not have followed Apple’s WWDC keynote yesterday if you’re a Windows Phone fanatic, but the Cupertino company unveiled an incredible new Maps app for iOS, which features 3D mapping and turn-by-turn navigation, amongst other new features. However, Nokia already has a rival that’s coming soon to Windows Phone.

In just over a week, Microsoft is scheduled to present a “sneak peek” at the future of Windows Phone. One of its new features, according to WPCentral, is a new Nokia Maps app that will replace Bing Maps. Like Apple’s new Maps app, it is expected to feature 3D navigation as well as hardware acceleration.

In Windows Phone 8, Nokia Maps replaces Bing Maps all together and will feature 3D navigation and hardware acceleration across all Windows Phone devices. Should Apple be worried? It’s a pretty serious mapping solution that Microsoft and Nokia are putting up and it will give developers some fun tools to play with too. Windows Phone 8 won’t trump Apple or Google here but yes, it will offer something just as impressive.

Other than that, there’s little else about the Nokia Maps app in the report. But sources in the know believe it’s certainly something Windows Phone users should be looking forward to.

So what else will Windows Phone 8 bring? Well, according to WPCentral, you can expect to see Skype integration (finally!), and support for NFC communications. The report notes that NFC is still being ignored by Apple, but it also admits that Microsoft is a long way away from releasing its own Siri competitor.

Are you looking forward to Nokia Maps in Windows Phone 8?

[via WPCentral]


Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...

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