Nokia launches ‘Here’ app: A savior for iOS?
Nokia has finally kick started its recently launched app “Here” for iOS devices today. The maps will serve as a boon to the iOS users who are lacking accurate navigational services after Apple booted off Google map support off their devices in their latest iOS. Nokia hopes to extend the app soon to android devices too. The service is already available on Windows 8 smartphones, Amazon Kindle tablets, Yahoo services including Flickr, Garmin sat-nav kits and to about 80% cars with inbuilt map displays. It will also be available to Nokia’s rivals including Samsung and HTC handsets in a couple of weeks. This is a great opportunity for Nokia to appeal to the smart phones users, right after the iOS maps tragedy.
Nokia’s “Here” is basically an advanced version of the Nokia Maps along with many new features intelligently designed for easy navigation. It is basically a cloud based maps service with increased focus on community driven content. Nokia will also be providing support for 3D maps. The new app will deliver voice guidance and public transportation directions even in offline mode without any data connection and with better, richer map data for almost 200 countries. In addition to the above, it is also offering live traffic, community maps in particular areas and social sharing of favorite or visited places.
As maps were one of the few assets Nokia held onto in its recent years in its downfall after the advent of smartphones, it is expecting to make great impact and turn the event into a great comeback for the organization. Nokia has also stated its desire to extend its maps service to other operating systems and to any kinds of device.
We’ll soon be out with a detailed review of the Nokia HERE navigational services for iOS by tomorrow! Watch out for it.
20 November, 2012