So, I started writing some of my apps I had for Android and WP7 for Windows Phone 8 and to my surprise Nokia Maps are looking to be a really good thing. With the New Nokia Maps, there are Maps services that come with the Windows Phone 8 SDK. One in particular is ReverseGeocodeQuery. This is great as I can use my internal map to get geocoding without having to reference any of the Bing Services. Now, if you want more of the Bing services like Search, Live API, ect. then BIng Services API is the way to go. For my example I will show you how to use the ReverseGeocodeQuery and fill in a textblock with a address of where I am.
Building the Sample Phone Project in Visual Studio 2012
First thing you want to do is open Visual Studio 2012 and create a new windows phone project. We are going to name it “ReverseGeocodeQueryPhoneApp” and you will want to pick Windows Phone 8.0 SDK.
Next, you should see Visual Studio creating your project and you should see below.
Now, with the MainPage.xaml open, add in the code below to the main content grid.
<TextBlock x:Name=”CurrentLocTextBlock” HorizontalAlignment=”Left”
Open the code behind and Add in the reference code below.
public partial class MainPage : PhoneApplicationPage
// Progress indicator shown in system tray
private ProgressIndicator ProgressIndicator = null;
// My current location
private GeoCoordinate MyCoordinate = null;
// Reverse geocode query
private ReverseGeocodeQuery MyReverseGeocodeQuery = null;
/// Accuracy of my current location in meters;
private double _accuracy = 0.0;
/// Method to get current coordinate asynchronously so that the UI thread is not blocked. Updates MyCoordinate.
/// Using Location API requires ID_CAP_LOCATION capability to be included in the Application manifest file.
private async void GetCurrentCoordinate()
Geolocator geolocator = new Geolocator();
geolocator.DesiredAccuracy = PositionAccuracy.High;
Geoposition currentPosition = await geolocator.GetGeopositionAsync(TimeSpan.FromMinutes(1), TimeSpan.FromSeconds(10));
_accuracy = currentPosition.Coordinate.Accuracy;
MyCoordinate = new GeoCoordinate(currentPosition.Coordinate.Latitude, currentPosition.Coordinate.Longitude);
if (MyReverseGeocodeQuery == null || !MyReverseGeocodeQuery.IsBusy)
MyReverseGeocodeQuery = new ReverseGeocodeQuery();
MyReverseGeocodeQuery.GeoCoordinate = new GeoCoordinate(MyCoordinate.Latitude, MyCoordinate.Longitude);
MyReverseGeocodeQuery.QueryCompleted += ReverseGeocodeQuery_QueryCompleted;
catch (Exception ex)
/// Event handler for reverse geocode query.
/// <param name="e">Results of the reverse geocode query - list of locations</param>
private void ReverseGeocodeQuery_QueryCompleted(object sender, QueryCompletedEventArgs<IList<MapLocation>> e)
if (e.Error == null)
if (e.Result.Count > 0)
MapAddress address = e.Result.Information.Address;
CurrentLocTextBlock.Text = "Current Location: " + address.City + ", " + address.State;
Remember to check ID_CAP_Location and ID_CAP_Map in the Capabilities section of the Windows Manifest. if you don’t you will get a Access Denied Error.
Now you are set to debug your work, below is what should be displaying in the emulator.
I hope you found the post useful. As I come across more great things in Windows Phone 8 development (I am sure I will). I will pass it along to you all.