Nokia’s own Windows Phone 7 GPS navigation app, Nokia Maps, has been leaked in screenshot form. It will likely come pre-installed on the Nokia Windows phones set for an official outing before the end of the month at Nokia World.
It’s not available yet, but the leaked screenshots of Nokia Maps for Windows Phone 7 tell you exactly what the app will be like. Expected to launch alongside the Nokia Sabre, rumoured to be the first Nokia Windows phone, it’ll offer a comprehensive GPS mapping package, complete with turn-by-turn directions and the usual socialite’s encyclopaedia of restaurants, bars and drive-in Burger King locales.
As is the norm for Windows Phone 7 apps, though, it all looks rather familiar, bearing the same Windows-flavoured stylistic tweaks seen in the Bing Maps app, the current Windows Phone standard. Perhaps the main attraction of Ovi Maps, the name of Nokia Maps before “Ovi” was dropped as its branding, historically was its ability to store reams of map data on the handset, ruling-out the need to continuously stream data over a mobile internet connection when out and about. We’re not yet sure whether this Windows edition will offer similar functionality.
We also don’t yet know whether non-Nokia Windows Phone 7 owners will be able to benefit from the Nokia navigation software. The screenshots show a fairly standard-looking Windows Marketplace entry for the app, but this may be a Nokia device exclusive. It currently exists as a “private” entry within the app store, so don’t be surprised when it doesn’t show up from a standard Marketplace search.
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