Add compass support in Bing Maps
There is no way to know my current orientation (as it does on iPhones) when I'm looking at the map. This would be VERY useful.
There is a compass app that can show bing map and rotate with orientation, after the compass. But it is slightly inaccurate qnd very wiggly on my Lumia 800, so there migyt be a problem with the hardware itself.
Donavan Morris commented
This been been a feature request since Sep 28, 2011. IOS and Android both have this feature and we can't get it after 15 months of asking?
Andrea X-Sonic D'Alessandro commented
I really need this feature as all my old symbian phones had it... that's a big missing option!
On the fence commented
This is also the one, single issue that would cause me to jump back to iPhone, as much as I hate to be a sheep in the fold. The absence of map orientation at the touch of a button is just inexcusable. Apple has has this feature for YEARS!!!! Sure it's available when driving, but that's not good enough. Something tells me there's a dirty secret preventing this. When you are driving, you get vector information from cellphone antennas. I'm sure that's what they are using to get the map to orient preoperly - likely not using the compass at all. This should have been an incremental update.
Zac Collins commented
This is the actually one of the most mentioned issues that myself and a lot of my friends / family who own Windows Phones have with the current OS, and is a silly oversight to not include - especially as it's probably fairly easy to code in. I really like Windows Phone, but if this isn't updated I'll likely switch back to the iPhone soon, purely due to this alone!
@Nonito Yes it does if you set it in drive mode :)
But it is very slow on my Nokia lumia 800 and it crashes a lot. Needs more optimizations or pherhaps the Lumia is not fast enough.
Ken Davies commented
I've (hopefully) temporarily gone back to using my iPhone because of this. If you ask a mapping app where to find the nearest place to eat the most basic instruction is which direction to start in. What a daft oversight.
gMaps supports compass orientation and I think is fairly good :)
If you download an App called Compass it can rotate with direction and show the map in the background.
On my nokia lumia 800 the direction is not very accurate and the map viggles a lot. This could be an issue with my phone.
It should be possible with bing maps, like the iphone implementation, one tap on the location button takes you to your location, another tap rotates the map to your direction.
And Hiking maps in Germany
Yep, I fully agree. When I open a map because I am in a place I don't know, the first thing that i need to know is my orientation.
Would be good to add a little button to toggle between fixed orientation and compass-driven orientation.
I had a similar (or rather identical) request, which was closed because in Driving Directions, maps does rotate. I just want to explicitly add a demand that such a thing also be possible even if I'm NOT in driving direction's mode.
Like always, I'd give this all 10 votes if I could.