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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: 1074; 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: 1429; 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: 3900; 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: 114; 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: 1818; 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: 13; 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: 1565; 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: 340; 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: 1565; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


Ask Microsoft, they know better....

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 07:16 5

29. Beijendorf (Posts: 340; 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: 1565; 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: 1565; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


Cyan update made by the original Nokia...

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 07:13 5

26. o7o (Posts: 110; 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: 1429; 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: 482; 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: 2522; 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: 144; 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: 985; 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

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 06:23

10. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 985; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


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

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 20:45

57. 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.
They could even start to worship Google Maps over Nokia Maps now
ROTFL

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 06:26 6

11. ahomad (Posts: 175; Member since: 15 May 2012)


now Google will feel the threat and improve their offline maps

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 06:32

14. joey_sfb (Posts: 5431; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Yes force Google to improve their off line maps.

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 07:03 1

19. tech2 (Posts: 3397; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Google already supports offline maps.

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 07:12 7

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


Not with navigation. And very small areas

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 07:24 1

31. tech2 (Posts: 3397; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Yeah didn't know that. +1

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 07:15 8

27. joey_sfb (Posts: 5431; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Google offline map is limited. Can only save a small portion not as useful as Here map.

I have use it on my Symbian Nokia phone. Useful when I am traveling to places without data connection.

https://support.google.com/gmm/answer/3273567

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 07:24 1

32. tech2 (Posts: 3397; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Yeah didn't know that. +1

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 12:51

53. AJagtiani (Posts: 466; Member since: 24 Apr 2014)


HERE Maps > Google Maps. Can't wait for it to hit my S4. I prefer using HERE on my WP than GMaps on my Android. Its slow and doesn't have many features.

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 07:16 1

28. joey_sfb (Posts: 5431; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Repeat

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 07:53 5

37. arenanew (Posts: 279; Member since: 30 Dec 2013)


joke of the year

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 09:35 4

47. tech2 (Posts: 3397; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


lol...if you find this funny then I really pity your sense of humour.

Apart from the offline maps G Maps clearly own Here Maps.

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 16:56 1

54. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2157; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


Google crowd sources some of their data for their maps, like POI and traffic, but Street View cars, which range a couple hundred thousand miles a year provide the bulk of their mapping data. HERE maps crowd source and get FedEx UPS mapping data (2+ million miles a year). You were saying?

posted on 30 Aug 2014, 06:39 1

58. tech2 (Posts: 3397; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


lol.....don't know about that but I live in London and even the entire city of London is not fully covered in street view in HERE Maps let alone places nearby.

Also, Google Maps has more information on the Maps when it comes businesses, etc. Even in shopping centre it gives detail floor by floor showing which shop is at what floor (try selfridges at Oxford St.). Here Maps don't.

Lastly, Google's recent acquizition and integration of Waze is also giving very accurate information with regards to traffic and is also correct when roads are blocked due to roadworks.

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 06:40 1

15. supa_dupa (Posts: 78; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Stupid from Nokia and Microsoft - no chance for WP now...

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 06:46 6

17. Beijendorf (Posts: 340; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


Nokia is a corporation which handle network solutions, advanced research, patent licensing and the HERE services. Being confined to the Windows Phone platform would hurt Nokia, so they're pushing their services out to all platforms.

Nokia has nothing to do with Microsoft.

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 07:22 3

30. joey_sfb (Posts: 5431; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


No worry, supa_dupa. Microsoft has you covered.

http://wmpoweruser.com/microsoft-kicks-windows-phone-7-users-in-the-nuts-again/

posted on 30 Sep 2014, 11:25

59. jroc74 (Posts: 5996; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


That is amazing. And ppl try to complain about software support with Android....wow.

Even if a new feature is added to to an existing app in Android land, the entire app isnt gotten rid of for older versions, (Google Search updating to to Google Now) it just wont have the features of the updated version.

I better not hear any more bashing from WP fans about OS, software support....

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 09:56 2

50. Spedez (Posts: 441; Member since: 29 Aug 2014)


That is awesome, isn't it?

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 06:50

18. hmd74 (Posts: 476; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)


So where's the apk?!

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 07:07

22. tasior (Posts: 265; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)


Oh maaaan!! I've just got LG...

Nokia, please make paid application for all androids...

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 07:34 5

34. drassem (Posts: 3; Member since: 29 Aug 2014)


Well done nokia. This is the first step in taking revenge on Flop and microsoft who ripped you off and kicked your talented employee out. The second step will be nokia android phone in 2016.

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 09:56 1

49. Spedez (Posts: 441; Member since: 29 Aug 2014)


I really hope Nokia goes back to phone business. That stupid contract they made that prevents them doing any smartphones until 2016 is a major hindrance.

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 08:17 4

39. nasznjoka (Posts: 396; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


Android is the land of options. Welcome Nokia why didn't you just produce a nice nokia android device from beginning? Moves like these certainly prove that Mr Flop was a planted specimen

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 09:07 1

42. jibraihimi (Posts: 755; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


waiting for devs at xda to make it available for other devices.......

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 09:52 1

48. Spedez (Posts: 441; Member since: 29 Aug 2014)


That is awesome. Here maps was the best part in Lumias. I hate google navigation app. It has so few features and the planned routes are usually crap. Too bad its for Sammy only even when I have one right now.

Good move from Nokia and nice way of showing middle finger to Microsoft.

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 10:50 1

51. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


At least it'll get some limelight this way.

Can't enjoy the services, if their not handy or easy to obtain.

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 12:32 1

52. Cicero (Posts: 861; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)


Good! I will replace MapsMe (which is good but don't have turn-by-turn navigation).

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