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Nokia Maps app comes to Windows Phone 7 mobile phone operating system

Chinese Windows Phone 7 news website has uncovered the Nokia Maps application in the Windows Market place software repository, ahead of the app being officially unveiled as a part of the Nokia and Microsoft handset launch. has discovered the app and detailed its abilities, with a full set of screen shots from the Nokia Maps application for Windows Phone 7, which can be seen here.

The website has noted the software is based around HTML5, and is geared up for the Windows Phone 7.5 ‘Mango’ operating system that has just begun to be rolled out to handsets running the older version of the platform – in addition to arriving on new phones, such as the HTC Radar and Titan.

Nokia is well-known for their Mapping software, as the entire maps are installed on a Symbian based handset. The Internet is then no longer used to download any of the maps, with the software operating in much the same way as a traditional Sat Nav device.

Back in February this year Nokia and Microsoft announced a strategic partnership, which saw Symbian being dropped as the operating on their flagship handsets in favour of Windows Phone 7 – with Nokia Maps being a core part of Microsoft's mapping services.

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Rob Kerr is a journalist with more than 14 years experience of news, reviews and feature writing on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show. The mobile phone world is his real passion and forte, having owned a handset as far back as 1994 where he has seen them grow from just a business tool to a necessity in everyone’s everyday life.