Turn-by-Turn GPS applications that include voice commands and driving instructions
Nokia Drive, a world class turn-by-turn GPS services, is available as an app in the Windows Phone Store
Robert Marlis commented
Yeah, Microsoft/HTC Turn-by-turn Voice Nav=FAIL
Martin Webb commented
Bing maps on wp7 were great. Just got a Nokia Lumia 820 and am dismayed to find Bing maps replaced with Nokia maps. The interface is confusing and the satallite images for where I live are basically green smudges and the Nokia Drive routing sends me down farm tracks. Had a phone upgrade, but this makes it feel like a downgrade!!! Bring maps the original Bing maps with the original Bing data/routing and ditch the Nokia disaster. Should have got this right considering Apples mapping problems...
This is done with Nokia's Drive...
It is disappointing that my 4 year old Android phone has native turn by turn GPS, and my brand new Windows Phone does not. There is no excuse for being able to match this functionality across iOS and Android out of the box - license the Nokia Drive app from Nokia and place it on all Windows Phones.
I have to say that I am appalled that Microsoft actually downgraded this feature. It was at least usable in WP7. Now its worthless when in traffic and almost worthless entirely. I may have to return my 8X.
Please don't make me buy and iPhone...
Adam Riggs commented
Microsoft, how did you let Nokia ***** you out of voice turn-by-turn navigation on WP8? Why would a consumer upgrade to a phone without this feature? Tell Nokia to allow access to voice turn-by-turn data, then integrate it into Bing Maps, and make your customers happy. Otherwise I cannot justify staying a WP user. My contract ends in 3 months. Should I stay with WP? How can I without this feature? Why would I upgrade to WP8? Why wouldn't I switch to Google or Apple who both have this feature? Apple dropped Google Maps because they wanted voice turn-by-turn on iPhone and Google would not give them access to the data. Why would you let Nokia do the very same thing to you? Now Microsoft is the only major phone OS maker without voice turn-by-turn. Who let Nokia pull a fast one on you guys? Nokia is ruining your ecosystem.
Larry Cooper commented
It is illegal to use maps while driving in Ontario.
this is not hands free and is actually VERY DANGEROUS
to try to follow visual directions in traffic. If not going to have verbal..... It would be safer to remove it completely. And cheaper. The fine for using it if caught is very expensive.
Turn-by-turn GPS ( just like iPhone Google Map/ Nokia Drive ) should be avaialble for all Windows Phone as a native feature.
Turn by turn navigation with compass orientation and ability to disable time-out screens should be defaults features in all windows phones period.
When I say 'turn-by-turn' I mean that I can replace my Tom Tom or Garmin with my Windows Phone and not have to tap the screen to get the next instruction. That's ridiculous in 2012. Just because I bought HTC (because the Lumia 920 is not on T-Mobile) I'm not able to get this feature.
Additionally, the lock screen should not time out, and should show us turn-by-turn on the lock screen, with real-time traffic updates, suggested alternate routes, and tell me "in 1.2 miles, turn right on Southside Blvd." Then, "in 500 yards, turn right on Southside Blvd." Not just when I miss a turn, but alerting me before a turn so that I don't miss it in the first place.
Kevan Mann commented
This is an absolute MUST. Navigation is a huge deal for me and is the biggest worry I have when switching over from Android to Windows Phone. Google Maps and their Navigation feature are just absolutely perfect. A complete masterpiece. Either Microsoft needs to make a **** good Bing based alternative or they need to get a deal with Google to bring a Google Maps app to WP that is of the same quality as the excellent recently released iOS app.
Adam Stechschulte commented
This is the biggest feature I am missing since moving from Android. Just a thought, what about a "Streets & Trips" version for Windows Phone?
My mian issue is that Nokia Drive no longer has real-time traffic updates as it used to do with Symbian. So Nokia Drive parks you at the back of the nearest traffic jam. Commute is helpless and hopeless. Nokia Maps has real-time traffic but no turn by turn directions. This is so stupid someone somewhere must be having a laugh. I subscribe to Orange maps to get traffic updates. Not happy at all.
Will Menzies commented
@magicalclick In the settings for Nokia Drive you can set it to tell you how far away the next turn is. There's also an icon that displays what kind of turn it is.
I was blown away that my 8X was MISSING two of my important features: directions in maps and radio.
Maps provide directions, that's how they work in 2012. But NOOOOPE, not WP8 maps!! I was given a prompt to find an app to do it in the store... the automatic query returned ZERO results.
Its supposed to "just work!" I find it mind boggling that they REMOVED valuable features from WP8.
This is crazing. Maps missing this and no fm radio what are they dolts thining. Lets keep removing things. FAIL!
cb, I have Lumia 920 and Nokia Drive is pale in comparison with Mango map. Nokia Drive is for people who likes to drive blindly. I need to know how far away I am from my next turn, but, it didn't zoom out, so, I cannot even see how far/close I need to turn until it bugs me with voice direction. I really dislike that because I want to prepare for the turn by getting into the lane early. While it is true turn-by-turn navigation, it still no as good as Mango map. So, you are not missing out too much. In fact, Lumia 920 hides OS Map, which also cripples the map more than HTC model.
Just like Bob said, this is unacceptable!!!!!!
Mango had pretty good turn-by-turn navigation, even though it didn't bug me constantly.
I liked how it was able to give me a list of actions, auto zoom in/out view to show me how far I am away from the next action, the voice will play when I press the screen which is quite easy, and it has traffic aware direction.
Now, it is useless direction list that turns off by itself and didn't update its map location as I drive.
And DO NOT download offline map because it is ****. Why? Once you download offline map, it will start computer directions on your phone and gives you terrible directions. The download offline map is completely useless unless I know I am going out of cell tower and I don't care good driving directions.
And if this has anything to do with contract with Nokia, just so you know, I have it and it SUCKS!!!! Ok, the map data is quite slim and snappy, I like that really. But, Nokia Drive sucks and Win8 direction list sucks!!!!. Give me back Mango half-navigation direction!!!.
bob rhine commented
this is ridiculous. you sort of had turn by turn in windows phone 7.5 where you could tap the screen. then during the windows phone 8 unveil, you said you'd have nokia maps and turn by turn directions (yes, there are pictures of the powerpoint slide everywhere that say this) and now, we're left without even the tap for the next direction options. there are no voice directions entirely now. what in the world did you guys mean during the windows phone 8 conference when you said you would have turn by turn directions? i'm so disappointed, because this the primary feature that i use on my current smartphone and it was going to be the reason why i switched to windows phone 8. all major platforms have turn by turn now, except for microsoft. yeah, i understand that nokia's have drive, but not everyone has a nokia. i'm sure as heck not going to buy a nokia on verizon. if they're not willing to put out their top of the line phone, i'll go with the HTC 8x, but this is where the problem lies... HTC doesn't have turn by turn. you let Nokia take over mapping, but you couldn't get turn by turn. i'd rather use Bing Maps and have turn by turn if that were the case.
I hope this feature still running event if the screen locked, it will save battery life n this good for people who use motorcylce