Will the Maps experience be appreciable different in Windows Phone 8?

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We did not really talk much about Maps yesterday when that HTC 8X Windows Phone 8 tour leaked, but I think on reflection there are some elements which are of note, not for what has changed but for what has remained the same.

To start with, the app is not Nokia branded, with the app simply being Maps, not Nokia Maps, though the icon has been updated somewhat. Secondly, as can be seen in the screen shot above, the client is near identical to the current Bing Maps, except for the absence of the Local Scout, possibly because it is not available in that locality (again something which is regrettably unchanged from Windows Phone 7.5).

Lastly, in the Settings,  of course the maps offer the option to download maps and check for updates, but for little else. Again, it may be that because turn by turn directions are not available in his locality.

What the video did not show is the turn by turn driving experience, but what is clear is that the rest is pretty much as we are used to from Bing Maps already.

See the video around the 3:30 mark again after the break.

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Thanks Vedavyas for the tip.


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