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Nokia releases HERE for all Android 4.1 and above devices

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Nokia releases HERE for all Android 4.1 and above devices
Nokia's HERE navigation app has enjoyed some commotion around its name in the past couple of months. It all started with Nokia announcing that it will be releasing the app exclusively for Samsung's Tizen-powered Gear smartwatches and Android-laden Galaxy smartphones. Then, the .apk (naturally) leaked and it turned out that it's perfectly compatible with any phone running Android 4.0 and above.

Today, Nokia officially released the HERE app beta, compatible with all Android 4.1+ smartphones. The app is not available via the Play Store, rather, Nokia has made the .apk downloadable, so anyone can sideload it. If you are rocking the leaked version of HERE, it's worth checking it out, as this new version is build 175, whereas the leaked one was build 174.

For those of you, wondering what all the fuss is about, HERE Maps is a service provided by Nokia, which allows users to pre-download the maps of their region and then experience real-time turn-by-turn navigation without the need for any type of data connection. This is both great for users who are on a budget, and users who just so happen to be traveling and can't rely on fast data coverage at all times. Lastly, the app is free, unlike similar navigation services, so naturally – the map-using part of the Android community quickly fell in love with it.

Download here


source: Nokia via PhoneScoop

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posted on 21 Oct 2014, 08:51 3

1. amats69 (Posts: 1388; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


finally! what i love about here maps is the offline navigation!if only google maps offline feature is same with here maps offline feature then google maps is the best for me! but of course, google maps is more detailed than the others.

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 08:53 2

3. Awalker (Posts: 1431; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


The app wants nearly 8GB of space to use that feature. I don't have that to spare.

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 09:36 6

5. mss1988 (Posts: 34; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


It's not true.

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 09:42 3

6. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Lol not even CLOSE! :o

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 09:43 1

7. amats69 (Posts: 1388; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


seriously?

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 09:43 6

8. JC557 (Posts: 1321; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Nope it doesn't. You can choose individual states or countries to download. I downloaded NY and California which totals nearly 1GB.

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 09:58 3

9. Awalker (Posts: 1431; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


I was mistaken. When I saw the North and Central America listing I thought everything had to be downloaded.

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 10:30

12. wolverinexmen9 (Posts: 111; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)


Unless you plan on traveling everywhere in North and Central America

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 11:36 1

17. JC557 (Posts: 1321; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


So happy to have 32GB + 64GB microSD for things like this. In the future I hope to have 64GB/ 128GB onboard + 128GB microSD minimum.

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 13:24

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


I haven't find any .apk file in this download from the link. It was zip file but when extract it - many files but not .apk
Did I miss something?

posted on 22 Oct 2014, 08:30

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


Havent used HERE before, but I agree Google Maps needs a better offline feature. They have it but I hear its not as good as HERE.

Free navigation, GPS is one of the key things that made me switch from Win Mo to Android back in 2010.

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 08:53

2. antonioli (Posts: 200; Member since: 08 Sep 2013)


Very good.

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 09:23

4. lcdsantos (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Unfortunately maps view still not have landscape/horizontal support. Just the GPS navigator has...

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 10:00 2

10. SIGPRO (Posts: 1385; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)


Best Navigation App out there, i use it for years now. Google and Apple cant beat it

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 10:27

11. reTechboy (Posts: 4; Member since: 11 Sep 2013)


I cant sign up anyone have some clue?( it just says something went wrong)!!!.

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 11:02 2

15. Meccalangelo (Posts: 27; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


your DOB might have something to do with that

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 10:39

13. waystriker (Posts: 9; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)


So sad that it has no support in my country. And I keep waiting.....

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 11:00 1

14. elitewolverine (Posts: 5117; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Best so far, has found places that google did not, this includes not knowing the address or name. Google on some things kept pointing me to other countries or states while maps was like, here you go.

It was certainly one of the awesome selling points for me as WP user over the Note 3 i tote around.

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 11:30

16. Awalker (Posts: 1431; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Can you give an example? I'd like to check it out.

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 11:47 2

18. rowdysheeter (Posts: 74; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


Here was the only reason I was buying windows phone :)

posted on 22 Oct 2014, 10:11

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


Which has me questioning things when companies let exclusive apps, good ones too, be on other platforms.

Its like a catch - 22. Keep it exclusive as incentive to join your platform, or make it available on platforms with larger market share.

I'm glad I dont have to make decisions like this...lol.

posted on 22 Oct 2014, 23:30

30. Jason78 (Posts: 237; Member since: 10 Apr 2013)


Here Maps is still owned by Nokia. Nokia sold their phone division to Microsoft. Nokia is now was services company not a hardware company so it makes sense to have their services on as many platforms as possible.

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 12:25 3

19. gaara6775 (Posts: 738; Member since: 20 May 2014)


HERE , I come.

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 12:26 2

20. maddy996 (Posts: 81; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


better than Google maps IMO...

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 12:57 1

21. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 1615; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


If memory serves me correctly, HERE Drive was the app with the downloadable maps.

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 15:44 2

24. ciprian.ruse (Posts: 294; Member since: 13 May 2014)


Finally !!!Runs great on my Galaxy S5 with super bloated/laggy/s**tty touchwiz ! Now the only thing that I want this year is the release of Galaxy S5 GPE so that I will be able to turn my s**tty GS5 into the device that should have been in the first place.

posted on 22 Oct 2014, 01:25

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


Didn't last long that Samsung exclusivity.

posted on 22 Oct 2014, 01:36

26. hmmm... (Posts: 78; Member since: 05 Jun 2013)


Tested it on my Kzoom. Absolutely love it. The main app installs on the internal memory, but offline maps can stored in the external SdCard. Will be downloading the whole of USA map on the SdCard soon.

posted on 22 Oct 2014, 13:42

29. GrapeEyes (Posts: 248; Member since: 01 Sep 2013)


WOW!! I was a big Nokia user until they got sold to Microsoft so really missed the HERE app on Android. Just downloaded it and it made my eyes water with joy!! Offline maps is just incredible. Thank you Thank you soo much HERE x x x

posted on 26 Oct 2014, 13:18

31. sraive (Posts: 78; Member since: 21 Aug 2014)


And this is what happened with "Nokia Maps" and "Ovi Maps".

In the last decade, it was a Nokia exclusivity for Nokia's Symbian smartphones. But since Nokia's phone business is gone, it became a multiplatform service. Who would have thought in 2008 that this will happen with the big Nokia?

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