Nokia Maps coming to third-party handsets

One of the primary unique selling points of Nokia's newly-launched Windows Phone handsets, the Lumia 710 and 800, might not be a USP for much longer: Nokia Maps is coming to third-party handsets.

The launch of the Nokia Lumia 710 budget Windows Phone handset and high-end Lumia 800 handset didn't quite go according to Nokia's hopes: reaction from the gathered crowd was muted at best, largely thanks to the revelation that the internal hardware is the same as every other Windows Phone device on the market.

However, Nokia managed to recover interest with the news that the Lumia series would include some exclusive Nokia-themed applications, including a music streaming service and the neat Nokia Maps app, the first Windows Phone devices to include the package which originally launched on Nokia's Symbian and Maemo platforms.

The first - but apparently not the last. As ZDNet points out, when Microsoft and Nokia announced their partnership earlier this year they made no bones about the fact that Nokia's software would be coming to Windows Phone devices in general - not specifically.

As a result, Nokia Maps will be coming to other Windows Phone licensees in the near future, including HTC, Samsung, and LG.

It's not all bad news for Nokia, however: while the general Nokia Maps functionality - including point-of-interest database, 2D and 3D mapping and satellite views - will be open to all, the offline map functionality and voice-guided navigation will remain exclusive to the Nokia Lumia series.

Now, if the company could just do something to address the product's popularity in Spanish-speaking markets...