In February when Nokia announced the adoption of Windows Phone as its smartphone platform of choice and principal strategy, among other things, we’ve heard that Nokia Maps will integrate with Microsoft Bing and become core part of Microsoft’s mapping services. We also heard that Windows Phones manufactured by other than Nokia OEMs will benefit from Espoo’s Maps offering.
According to recent reports, Nokia Maps will be soon available for free in the Windows Phone Marketplace. Do not confuse this with Nokia Drive, which is a free voice-guided turn-by-turn 3D navigation Nokia offers for free only for its own Windows Phones.
Nokia Maps is pretty much like Bing Maps or Google Maps but using Nokia’s own mapping data (actually NAVTEQ) which seems to be more user-friendly and detailed for those countries and regions (like Europe and some more) where Bing isn’t that much detailed.
Given that there already was a placeholder uploaded for Nokia Maps in the Marketplace at the beginning of October, the application shouldn’t be that far out, offering a nice alternative to the stock Bing-powered Maps.