Microsoft Expands Traffic Data Availability Thanks to Nokia
Microsoft today said that it has added real-time traffic conditions to more secondary and neighborhood streets across the U.S. in the native Windows Phone maps app. The additional traffic data has been pulled in from Nokia's mapping and navigation services. Microsoft explained that users won't have to update any applications, they new data will be there next time they use maps. Second, Microsoft is expanding the availability of live traffic to a wide range of new regions, including cities in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom. As in the U.S., Windows Phone users in those regions will not have to update anything, the traffic view option will appear in the app in the next few weeks.
Microsoft Bringing Maps to Windows 10 Phones, Too
Microsoft today said the Universal Maps app for the Windows 10 platform is now available to phones running the Windows 10 Technical Preview. Device owners can download the Universal app via the Windows Insider program.
Facebook Brings Free Video Calls to Messenger App
Facebook today said users of its Messenger application will soon be able to make free video calls to one another. The feature can be initiated with a single button and works over LTE 4G or WiFi.
Google Maps Now Available Offline
Google today said Maps can now be used without an active internet connection. People can download maps for cities, counties, and even entire countries so routing and basic navigation tools will function when there's a poor connection or no connection at all.
HERE Maps Updated for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone
Nokia today updated its HERE Maps products for the Android, iOS, and Windows Phone platforms simultaneously. Nokia says there are "millions of changes" to the maps, but calls out a few specifics.
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