If you’re rocking one of HTC or Samsung’s new Windows Phone 8 blowers, Christmas has come extremely early for you this year. Nokia Drive+ has just arrived for non-Nokia smartphones, so you can start using them as a free satnav. So long, Bing Maps!
If you’re in the UK, US or Canada, Nokia Drive+ Beta should now be showing in the Windows Store. The update gives Samsung Ativ S, Windows Phone 8X and Windows Phone 8S owners the same free turn-by-turn navigation and offline map downloads as Nokia Lumia smartphones, so you can use them as a GPS all over the world without racking up a charge.
We’ve long said that the superb Nokia Drive is the reason to buy a Lumia over any other Windows Phone, since it’s far superior to Microsoft’s own Bing Maps, but this release tilts the balance. Suddenly, HTC’s slick designs and the Ativ S’ gorgeous display look a lot more attractive