With Microsoft's Windows Phone Developer Summit just a few days away, more information has leaked out on what to expect in the upcoming Windows Phone 8 Apollo mobile operating system. According to WPCentral, Nokia Maps will be replacing Bing Maps in all Windows Phone devices. In addition, it will come with 3D navigation and hardware acceleration.
This is hardly any surprise as we saw the increasing integration of Nokia Maps services into Microsoft's Bing Maps. During CES 2012, Nokia stated that its branding would appear on maps that consumers get from Microsoft. A month later in February, both companies announced the introduction of a unified map design which includes the user of Nokia's Pure font for all map legends. The most recent collaboration in May saw the use of Nokia's geocoding services to provide expanded and improved traffic results in Bing Maps.
The next big trend in the mobile industry appears to revolve around mapping services on mobile platforms as Apple and Google recently unveiled significant updates to their respective services. It will be interesting to see how Nokia and Microsoft plan to position their mapping solutions against the competition.