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Nokia finally brings HERE Maps to Android, will be exclusively available for Samsung Galaxy smartphones

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Nokia finally brings HERE Maps to Android, will be exclusively available for Samsung Galaxy smartphones

Yesterday, we told you that HERE Maps, the mapping service that is still under Nokia's wing, will arrive on Samsung's Gear family of Tizen-powered devices. It will feature turn-by-turn navigation for pedestrians and a few other functionalities of the HERE goodness. But it seems that Nokia won't get satisfied with smartwatches alone, as it was just announced that HERE Maps will be exclusively-available on Samsung Galaxy smartphones for free.

Some of the strongest and most notable features of Nokia's HERE Maps is that it supports offline navigation thanks to your device's in-built GPS. This allows you to explore the map and navigate yourself to a desired location without an Internet connection, and Nokia touts that you can use all features of HERE Maps on Android while being offline.

The app will allow you to download detailed maps of various areas, regions, or even countries (more than 200 are available for download as of now). Said maps are kept on your device and pave the way for fast access. More than 100 of the maps in question allow you to make full use of turn-by-turn navigation, while 40 of the maps will provide you with traffic information (we suppose that this feature won't work offline, though). HERE Maps will work in a seamless concert with Glympse, too.

Nokia says that it is planning to endow the HERE Maps app with “more great features in the following months”, however, there is no word when the app will be available for more Android devices. Nokia's HERE Maps will be available for supported Samsung smartphones and smartwatches for free once the recently-unveiled Samsung Gear S hits the shelves, which is scheduled for October.

Any thoughts?


source: HERE Maps via Reddit

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posted on 29 Aug 2014, 05:47 13

1. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Won't take long until other Android users can have it. (XDA)

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 06:03 6

6. Johnnokia (Posts: 1108; Member since: 27 May 2012)


It had to be exclusive for Nokia Android phones ...
FU Flop!

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 07:39 5

35. boosook (Posts: 1437; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


There are no Nokia phones anymore: the mobile division has been sold to Microsoft.
Here Maps is a Nokia product instead, and Nokia probably signed an agreement with Samsung (that means, Samsung licensed Nokia Here).

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 08:32 4

40. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


I hope they make....high end android in 2016. If they decided to come in mobile business.

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 07:05 3

21. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Yup.
But do you think all the ppl will go and download map-apks from the net???? And what about the updates? Or malware?
No question, that Galaxy owners will be privileged. And can download whatever country or region they want any time. No need to put all the maps on the phone.
By the way the Android users even now can download cracked navigation apps. But not this is the point here.

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 08:01 1

38. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


That is true, unfortunately.

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 05:47 6

2. csoulr666 (Posts: 116; Member since: 04 Nov 2013)


APK on XDA for all devices in 3......2.......1

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 07:07

23. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


BS
See 21

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 05:53 4

3. Wiencon (Posts: 1924; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


I don't think it's good move by Nokia, now there is one less reason (huge reason) for buying Lumia. Many people find HERE maps the best feature of Nokia and now Nokia itself gives their best product to competition for free (as said before, after few hours there will be APKs all over XDA)

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 06:00 15

5. ojz0r (Posts: 14; Member since: 30 Dec 2013)


HERE maps are part of original nokia corp, the mobile phones with WP are owned by microsoft and has nothing to do with eachother any more.

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 06:31 2

12. sip1995 (Posts: 1594; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


Wrong....Cyan update is made and rolled out by the original Nokia...

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 06:41 8

16. Beijendorf (Posts: 349; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


The Cyan update is engineered by the Devices & Services division which Microsoft bought.

Don't correct people when you don't know anything yourself.

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 07:05

20. sip1995 (Posts: 1594; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


Ask Microsoft, they know better....

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 07:16 5

29. Beijendorf (Posts: 349; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


I don't know how you can't understand simple concepts. Microsoft bought the Devices & Services division which handled hardware and software related to the Lumia, Asha and X range of mobile devices.

Microsoft is now in charge of everything related to those trademarks.

Microsoft pushing out Cyan:
http://www.wpcentral.com/lumia-cyan

Microsoft excitedly letting users know the Cyan update is ready:
http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2355453/microsoft-rolls-out-cyan-update-with-windows-phone-81-to-lumia-smartphones

Microsoft is in charge of the Nokia social network and Nokia.com site up to a year after the closing of the deal:
http://www.cnbc.com/id/101602219

Now what are your sources?

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 07:31

33. sip1995 (Posts: 1594; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


Just do a live chat with Microsoft support....

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 09:08 6

43. ManusImperceptus (Posts: 724; Member since: 10 Jun 2014)


Right, so you base tour arguments on the wire og an underpaid employee in Bombay, instead of official MS announcements...?

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 09:12 2

45. ManusImperceptus (Posts: 724; Member since: 10 Jun 2014)


...word of...

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 06:09 7

7. ManusImperceptus (Posts: 724; Member since: 10 Jun 2014)


Nokia have no connection to the Lumia range of smartphones anymore. On the contrary, it's a very wise business move. I also highly doubt that Nokia are giving the service to Samsung for free...!

One of the great pros for WP gone...

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 06:32

13. sip1995 (Posts: 1594; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


Cyan update made by the original Nokia...

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 07:13 5

26. o7o (Posts: 111; Member since: 26 Jun 2009)


Even if that's right, which is not (Cyan update was being developed at original Nokia BEFORE they sold the Devices & Services division to Microsoft, right, but they got sold at the end and it's not part of the original Nokia anymore) but let's assume it is. Now original Nokia is HERE, NSN and research .. they don't benefit from Lumia range anymore nor it's their product, they have to do what's best for them, not for Microsoft.

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 07:41 5

36. boosook (Posts: 1437; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Tell him a million times... he won't understand anyway.

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 09:12 1

44. ManusImperceptus (Posts: 724; Member since: 10 Jun 2014)


No, it's made by the devices division... You'll notice that many things that had Nokia in their name still does after the sale.

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 18:51 1

55. epdm2be (Posts: 556; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


Good. M$ can rot in hell AFAIC.

Now Nokia.... what about us, JOLLA customers? When will WE get offline navigation? Or even worse, when will we, Nokia 808Pureview CUSTOMERS, get map-updates!

Lifetime maps is, in my book, LONGER than 1,5 year, you know!!!

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 08:42 1

41. buccob (Posts: 2578; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


The same move that made blackberry when they released BBM to everyone... it was one of the best reasons to get a Blackberry... not anymore...

Anyway, how is it beneficial that they give it exclusively to Samsung? I really don't understand

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 09:14 1

46. ManusImperceptus (Posts: 724; Member since: 10 Jun 2014)


I'm sure Samsung paid a lot more for an exclusive, and considering Sammy's share of the Android market...

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 05:54 3

4. iluvsonynokia (Posts: 149; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


FU%^& SAMSUNG, XDA am coming

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 07:09 1

24. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


US Patriot??? LOL

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 06:13

8. draconic1991 (Posts: 195; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


will it work with cm11 galaxy s3??

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 06:23 1

9. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 992; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


WOOOOHOOO!!!! :D
Samsung stay winning! :)

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 20:43

56. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


NOT SO FAST, PLEASE:)
So far, the apple propaganda was very good with Nokia Maps, because must fight with Google Maps. Right?
But now, when Samsung have Nokia Maps , could you imagine what Nokia Maps bashing you will witness on the tech media soon???
Bet on, that it will be bashing as crazy. Every day. Fasten your belts.
ROTFL

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