Video: Car Mode App Hands On


We have been taking a look at the Car Mode app which allows Nokia Lumia owners to open up a “Car Mode CR200” screen which originally was only available to those that connected their device to Nokia’s Wireless Charging Car Cradle over NFC.
Car Mode is a driver friendly screen which gives you three controls, Here Drive+, Nokia Music and Quick Call. Above the controls is an information panel which lets you swipe between the current time and date, your battery status and the weather. Watch the video below for my hands on.

Car Mode is free but a pro version is available which lets you program an NFC tag to open the app, and by passes the Nag Screen which can come up when you try to open the app from the Live Tile. Despite Car Mode only really working on Lumia phones running Windows Phone 8 it does not seem to be Lumia exclusive. If you have a non Lumia Windows Phone (I believe there are a few of you out there) let us know if you can down load it from the store.

Download it from The Store HERE


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    • I haven’t used Car mode on Symbian or the N9, I’ll have to see if i can make a comparison at some point.
      Apologies for the delayed reply.

      • Give it a few more months & WP Car Mode will naturally be far better…
        As support for Harmattan’s been non-existent for 15mth+, & Symbian’s been only slightly better.
        So I’m not sure I really see the point, unless it’s done, like yesterday.
        But as a purely academic exercise, it’d probably still be quite interesting.


      • Hi, I’ve installed Car Mode on my N8 and would say Symbian’s version better in music and contacts, but Drive is better Lumia.
        Would you be interested in a comparison video?

      • TBH, I’m not terribly interested in how the latest Symbian version compares to the latest WP8 version, unless the Symbian version’s tested on a 808PV.

        But even then, I’d prefer to see how the latest Harmattan version compares to latest WP version, I can guess the outcome though, so no “biggy” either way.

        Thanks for your efforts though, I’m sure many would be most grateful, + very interested to see what you’ve done so far.

      • Thanks for your reply. You maybe surprised by the outcome of the comparison (then again maybe not). Nokia have been able to change the layout of the music player and contacts on Symbian, which I’d guess is identical to MeeGo Harmattan.
        On Windows Phone you have to add contacts to the app to get access to them in large type, and music player is just a link to regular Nokia music.
        Thanks again for your feedback.

  1. I have a Lumia 820 with Portuguese interface and the app is not supported directly from the store. However, I was able to sideload it from the SD card even if the language is not the expected one (English or German only at the moment).

    • I was unaware it was country specific. Is sideloading apps difficult?
      I had heard if you change settings in “Language and Region” you can install apps which are only available in certain countries. Never tried it though.

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