Nokia has again said that its mapping solution Nokia Drive will be available to all Windows Phone 8 manufacturers.

The Finnish manufacturer claimed back in June that all Windows Phone 8 devices would have Nokia Drive preinstalled.

But on checking Pocket-lint’s own HTC 8X, Nokia Drive was nowhere to be found.

It would now appear that, rather than being a precursor for all Windows Phone 8 handsets, it will be up to individual manufacturers to decide whether to install it or not. 

Pocket-lint has spoken to Nokia about getting hold of a definitive list of what Windows Phone 8 devices will come with Nokia Drive on board. Unfortunately Nokia said it would have this information only “in the coming days”.

It’s also unclear as to whether the app will be made available free of charge from the Windows Phone Store. Nokia Drive provides turn-by-turn directions for more than 110 countries, along with maps for 190.

Nokia hopes that its mapping solutions will not only be preinstalled on a wide array of Windows Phone 8 devices, but that developers will also use it for location-based apps. 

Until the situation relating to Nokia Drive becomes a little clearer, if you’re determined to enjoy all it has to offer on the Windows Phone 8 platform, it looks like the Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820 are your best bets. - PAY MONTHLY PHONES The Samsung Galaxy S10+ is now available on EE who have been awarded the UK’s best network for the fifth year running. RootMetrics tested the four UK networks and EE was faster and more reliable than all of them, with better data performance. Their network has come a long way since they launched in 2012. Back then they had 11 UK cities covered by 4G. Today they cover most of the UK’s land mass, thanks to 19,000 state-of-the-art 4G sites. They’ve got faster, too – from 50Mbps to a maximum speed of 400Mbps. And they’re soon to experience even greater possibilities with the launch of 5G.

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