It seems that according to a tweet (which was then retweeted by Nokia India), Nokia Drive might not be so exclusive after all. The tweet seemed to suggest that Nokia Lumia phones will be getting the app for free, while non-Nokia Windows Phone devices would be required to pay a fee if they chose to use the Nokia Drive app.
The app was originally thought to be an exclusive feature of Nokia’s Windows Phone, a feature which we’re guessing Nokia was hoping would set their phones apart from the other Windows Phone offerings, but if this tweet is to be believed, its exclusivity could be a thing of the past.
Perhaps this might be in response to the Nokia Drive XAP being leaked, so instead of attempting to stop non-Nokia devices from using Nokia Drive, how about licensing it out instead and earning some revenue in the process? Alternatively perhaps Nokia Drive was never meant to be exclusive in the first place and this was Nokia’s plan all along. Either way we’ll wait for an official confirmation of sorts before jumping the gun.
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