So you picked up a shiny new Nokia Lumia with Windows Phone 8 and you’re happy as can be…until you get to maps. Nokia Maps is an excellent service, but compared to Bing Maps it’s not quite up to snuff in terms of its speed and fluidity. Also, in recent weeks Nokia Maps has had a few issues generating detailed information for some areas where Bing originally worked just fine.
Well, it might surprise you to learn that Bing Maps is actually still ticking inside that new Lumia (just try searching for any Local results with Bing and it’ll pop you right into the original Maps app). Nokia has simply chosen to hide Maps from the Lumia’s app list.
For those who want the best of both worlds, there is now an ingenious solution: Mohammed Adenwala’s Maps. Simply put, the app just functions as a shortcut to access the native Maps app that should have been there from the start. Just install it and you’re good to go, plus there are no ads. Really, there’s no ‘app’ — it just puts Maps back into your Lumia’s app list so you can launch Bing Maps as you should. Kudos to Adenwala for the clever solution to Nokia users qualms.
Download Maps from the Windows Phone Store for free by clicking on the link below, or by scanning the QR code.
by Mohammed Adenwala