Nokia has rejected rumors that it’s planning to make Nokia Drive available for other Windows Phone devices.
Reports earlier this week suggested that the Finnish handset maker was planning to open up its exclusive Windows Phone apps to other devices at a cost. Nokia’s communications Director, Mark Squires, rejected the idea over Twitter on Thursday. “Folk’s Nokia Drive will not be made available for other WP OEMs,” said Squire. ” It comes on our Lumia range and there are currently no plans to change that.”
Nokia’s Music, Maps and Drive applications have all been ripped from their Lumia devices and ported over to non-Nokia devices. The applications are all available for Windows Phone devices, providing you’re using an unlocked device via Microsoft’s official developer registration or the ChevronWP7 labs tool. 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.