Nokia Reveals First Windows Phone Apps and ESPN Hub
Nokia today announced the first applications that it has designed for Microsoft's Windows Phone platform and the Lumia 800 and 710 in particular. The first is Nokia Drive. This navigation application offers free, voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation to the 800 and 710, and incudes 3D mapping, offline support, and a landscape user interface for safer use while driving. Nokia also announced Mix Radio and Nokia Music. This offering streams pre-set playlists from Nokia's servers to the 800 and 710. The application — or individual playlists — can be pinned to the start page for faster access. Playlists can also be cached for offline listening. Last, Nokia announced a new partnership with ESPN and showed a sneak peak of the ESPN-driven Sports Hub. The Sports Hub will be unique to Nokia Windows Phone devices and lets users create profiles for their favorite sports, leagues, teams, and even players. Users will be able to pin certain features to the home screen as well as access general sporting news, videos, and info. Nokia didn't say when the Sports Hub will be available, but the Lumia 800 and 710 will ship with the Nokia Drive and Nokia Musi apps on board.
Hands-On: Nokia Lumia 830 and 735
Nokia debuted two new smartphones in Berlin today, both of which focus on providing a better camera experience. These Windows Phones are solid addition to Nokia's lineup.
Microsoft Makes Branding Change Official
Microsoft today indicated its branding transition from Nokia Lumia to Microsoft Lumia is progressing as planned. Microsoft has slowly been rebranding apps, services, and web sites from Nokia to Microsoft.
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.
Nokia Updates HERE Maps for Android and Windows
Nokia today announced sweeping updates to its HERE Maps application for the Android and Windows Phone platforms. The chief goal of this update was to improve the accuracy of maps worldwide with new/changed roads.