Nokia’s third and final exclusive Windows Phone application has leaked for all devices.
The XAP raw file has been made available on several sites for non-Nokia devices. The Nokia Drive application, see a video review here, is available on Nokia’s Lumia range of Windows Phones. The application is now available for all Windows Phone devices, providing you’re using an unlocked device via Microsoft’s official developer registration or the ChevronWP7 labs tool. WPCentral managed to download the application and provided a video demo, see below.
Nokia Drive is the company’s 3D satellite navigation system. The application is preloaded on the Home Screen of the Lumia 800. The app works across 95 countries and maps can be easily downloaded and stored on the device. The default map included will vary by market and is relative to the country where the Lumia 800 is purchased. Nokia Drive includes 2D and 3D maps of cities and is designed for car use in mind.
Nokia’s Music and Maps applications have both been ripped from their Lumia devices and ported over to non-Nokia devices. Nokia’s Drive application is the last exclusive app from Nokia to find its way onto the internet for all devices. The current state of the Windows Phone Marketplace allows users to download XAP application packages direct from Microsoft’s servers and sideload them providing their device is developer unlocked.
Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” includes support for a new type of application encryption that prevents the piracy seen today. Microsoft is reportedly waiting to ensure that the majority of Windows Phone users have upgraded to Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” before enabling the encryption support. The support will wrap XAP packages in a new layer of protection, preventing them from being sideloaded after they are published and downloaded from the Marketplace.