If there was ever a good reason to get a Nokia Windows Phone, as opposed to HTC or Samsung, it would be because Nokia Windows Phone devices will come with Nokia Drive preinstalled. This was supposed to be an exclusive feature for Nokia’s handsets to help set them apart from the competition and encourage adoption, but alas that does not seem to be the case as the Nokia Drive XAP has been leaked.
What this means is that if you own a Windows Phone device that’s unlocked via Microsoft’s official developer registration or the ChevronWP7 labs tool, you will be able to install Nokia Drive on a non-Nokia device, a move that we’re sure Nokia will definitely not be pleased about! For those unfamiliar, Nokia Drive is basically Nokia’s 3D satellite navigation system that works across 95 countries. Maps can also be downloaded and stored onto the device.
The good news for Nokia is that Microsoft has plans to prevent piracy and the sideloading of published apps in the form of application encryption. The bad news is that the feature has yet to be activated as Microsoft is waiting for the majority of Windows Phone users to update to Windows Phone 7.5 before enabling this feature. In the mean time you can check out the Nokia Drive app on the Samsung Focus.
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