Bing Maps Now Using Nokia Maps for Traffic and Geocoding; Magical Features of the Lumia 800; Nokia Sensing X Challenge; News New Nokia Phones Running Windows Phone 8 Revealed

Nokia today announced that Bing Maps is now using Nokia Maps traffic information and geocoding algorithms taking latitude and longitude information and connecting that to a readable address."People in nearly all these countries will also be able to find out about incidents that might disrupt their journeys. Also, the traffic information in the US that […]

Bing Maps Begun using Nokia Maps for Traffic and Geocoding

Nokia today announced that Bing Maps is now using Nokia Maps traffic information and geocoding algorithms taking latitude and longitude information and connecting that to a readable address.

"People in nearly all these countries will also be able to find out about incidents that might disrupt their journeys. Also, the traffic information in the US that was already available on Bing Maps now includes side streets," Nokia posted.

"Although traffic information is the most visible feature that Nokia Maps is offering to Bing Maps at this stage, there are also other improvements. Most notably, Bing Maps is now using Nokia Maps geocoding in several countries to offer better routes and directions for people around the globe," Nokia writes.

With this launch, Bing Maps can now offer the same traffic information that is already available at Nokia Maps in 24 countries (Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, UK and US).

Nokia and X Prize announces Nokia Sensing X Challenge 2012

San Diego, US, the X PRIZE Foundation and Nokia announced "Nokia Sensing X CHALLENGE," a USD 2.25 million global competition to stimulate the development of a new generation of health sensors and sensing technologies that can drastically improve the quality, accuracy and ease of monitoring a person's health.

"The Nokia Sensing X CHALLENGE will be a series of three competition events, held over the next three years. Each event will be comprised of three phases: Registration, Preliminary Judging and Final Phase Judging. The winners of each competition will be the teams that submit best in class technology as determined by a non-partisan judging panel of cross-functional industry experts," Nokia said.

"It is anticipated that the solutions developed as part of the Nokia Sensing X CHALLENGE may also be utilized as part of a team's effort to win the USD10 million Qualcomm Tricorder X PRIZE, which was announced at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) during Qualcomm Incorporated Chairman and CEO and Qualcomm Foundation Chair Dr. Paul Jacobs' keynote address," Nokia added.

The Qualcomm Tricorder X PRIZE is a global competition aiming to drive development of devices that allow consumers access to healthcare in the palm of their hands.

The Nokia Sensing X CHALLENGE and Qualcomm Tricorder X PRIZE will help create an ecosystem of innovators and innovative technology that will help reinvent the healthcare industry and radically reduce the cost to consumers.

For more information about the Nokia Sensing X CHALLENGE, visit: nokiasensingxchallenge.org.

Nokia Lumia 800 Magical Abilities Challenge videos

The company has also posted a series of videos, highlighting some of the - magical abilities of the Nokia Lumia 800 smartphone in London's Covent Garden.

"Inviting members of the public to perform everyday tasks on their own phone as quickly as he can on a Lumia, magician Marco Tempest shows how our smartphone range can outsmart the competition," Nokia said.

In the first video, he challenges an iPhone owner to find a nearby local deal:


In number two, he shows the fastest route to the latest football scores. (We really like the magic trick in this one, by the way):

The third video demonstrates the place-finding capabilities of a Lumia compared to an iPhone 4:

The Nokia Lumia 800 goes head-to-head with another iPhone, as Marco shows how easy it is to get turn-by-turn directions on the phone:

And in the fifth and final challenge, just how simple is it to check into FourSquare using a Lumia compared to a Blackberry Curve?:

Today, a photo pushed on the internet said to be off Nokia Windows Phone 8 "Apollo". MyNokiaBlog reports of having received photos that seem to show at least one unannounced Nokia device that's now running Windows Phone 8.

Nokia PureLambda running Windows Phone 8 Apollo

The revealtion was made when a user was using the WP Bench software on his Lumia 800 -- shows one of the smartphones that also used that same app has the OS version number 8.0.9842, which seems to confirm Nokia is testing the next version.

The site also revealed that Windows Phone 8 was running on what it labeled the Nokia PureLamda. Three more smartphones were also shown running the software in other photos posted on the site; The Nokia Phi, the Nokia PurePhi and the Nokia Alpha.