Nokia Maps, Drive +, Transit,City Lens updated and rebranded to HERE. No longer exclusive to Nokia Lumia handsets

Today’s a big day for all Windows Phone 8 users with the start of MWC in Barcelona and Nokia’s Keynote which just ended a few minutes ago. The big news besides the introduction of the Nokia Lumia 720 and Lumia 520 is the updated and rebrand of Nokia’s mapping services which will now all sport the HERE name. This means that Nokia Maps is now Here Maps, Nokia Drive + is Here Drive + etc.

But it get’s better: they are now available to ALL Windows Phone 8 users in US, Canada, Mexico, UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain! That’s right folks, Nokia has decided to make a really bold move today to help the Windows Phone ecosystem. You no longer need to own a Nokia Lumia handset to have access to these awesome applications.

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Nokia Maps 2.0 and Nokia Transport Beta 2.1 released

Nokia has released updated versions of Nokia Maps and Nokia Transport /transit yesterday for all you Lumia owners out there. Nokia Maps 2.0 now adds the ability to sync your favorite destinations and places across platforms (Nokia Lumia, Nokia Belle, Nokia N9) and with the mobile web version m.maps.nokia.com for iOS and Android. Users can now also add reviews and photos to POIs directly from their handset. Another new features is the ability to pin direction to a place directly on the phone’s start screen similar to what will be added in Nokia Drive 3.0 soon.
Last but not least, Nokia Transport Beta has been updated to version 2.1 and now includes several new features like detailed line view (taping on a transport line will give you a detailed view of all the stops until your have to commute or arrive), improved search, and multiple tile pinning allowing you to pin your favorite destinations so you can easily get the fastest route to it wherever you are.

You can grab Nokia Maps 2.0 directly from the Marketplace and Nokia Transport Beta 2.1 by scanning the QRcode after the break.

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Nokia Transport 2.0 beta for Windows Phone released

Nokia has just released the beta version of Nokia Transport 2.0 application (known as Nokia Transit in the US) for its Nokia Lumia handsets today via the Nokia Beta Labs website. This newest version includes the following changes:

-Find nearby stations, departure times and even types of transit lines available around your location.
Improved search:
- Remember your last search query
-Change your search without leaving the journey view
Improved performance
- Faster display of upcoming journeys
- Faster journey request

Want to try it out ? Simply scan the QRcode after the break with your Lumia phone and don’t forget to register to the Beta Labs service to post you impressions or report bugs.

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Nokia releases Creative Studio picture editing application for Lumia Windows Phones

Nokia has just released a new picture editing application for their range of Lumia Windows Phone handset named creative Studio and available right now in the marketplace. Besides edition pictures this app will also let you shoot panoramas with the use of the devices sensors (make sure to calibrate your compass before attempting to use this feature though).

Creative studio is somewhat reminiscent of Samsung’s FunShot Windows Phone application which was released last year. Both feature live effects in the viewfinder and other goodies (cropping, sharpening, exopsure etc..) but Nokia’s application is miles better in terms of overall usage and workflow though. Nokia Creative Studio is also fully integrated with the OS so you can simply browse your Picture Hub select an image and then open it in the app from there. Just hit the marketplace to try it out now and hit the break for more pictures.

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Nokia Transport Beta for Windows Phone 7 released: Hands on video

The beta version of Nokia Transport for the company’s Lumia line of Windows Phone has been released 2 days ago and is freely available to download as long as you have a compatible handset (Lumia 800, Lumia 900, Lumia 710 or Lumia 610). The first thing you will have to do is register to the Nokia Beta Labs program (link after the break) and then install the application on your handset by scan the QRCode below. So what’s Nokia Transport ? Well, it’s a pretty handy application that packs local public transport information for 460 cities in 46 countries enabling you to get transit and commute directions all in one place. It also features the following:

-Easily find public transport stations/stops, addresses, and points of interest.
-Choose from multiple routes and follow the list of directions for buses, trams, underground, or trains.
-View earlier and later departure times to make smarter travel choices.
-Save favorite routes from different locations as a tile on your phone homescreen for instant access from anywhere.

Nokia Transport also integrates Nokia Maps to help you find your way when you are on foot. Check out my short hands on video after the break:

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