Nokia is planning to ship an update to its Nokia Drive service to enable full offline maps.
One of the minor criticisms of Nokia’s Lumia 800 device is the lack of offline maps for Nokia’s Drive GPS application. 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. Unfortunately the application requires a data connection to make use of the maps for navigation. Nokia is planning to address this shortly.
Nokia Communications Manager, Jurgen Thys Mans, has confirmed to allaboutphones.nl that the firm will push out an update soon to include offline maps for the Nokia Lumia 800. Recalculating, navigating to addresses or points of interest will no longer require a data connection after the update. WinRumors highlighted the issue in our Nokia Lumia 800 review, noting that Nokia was planning to address the shortcoming. You can see a video of the data requirement below.
In other news, Nokia’s Drive application leaked to the Internet over the weekend. The application has been made available for non-Nokia devices that are developer unlocked. Nokia’s Music and Maps applications have also 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.