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The Samsung Galaxy Gear gets HERE Maps support... in a way

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The Samsung Galaxy Gear gets HERE Maps support... in a way


Nokia announced a partnership with Symphony Teleca that will see their new cross-device (Samsung Galaxy series and Samsung Galaxy Gear) navigation app, TurnByTurn, rely on HERE Maps for nav data. Nokia says that the smart-watch provides a comfortable solution for the majority of users. According to its research, users tend to alternate between opening the navigation app to check their position and closing it to save the device's battery life. Putting the navigation app on their wrists means having an easier time following directions.


Thus, the TurnByTurn app lets users plan their route ahead of the trip on their Galaxy smartphones, and sync it to the Galaxy Gear smart-watch. The wearable transmits navigation instructions and alerts (visual and audible) from the phone. It's like putting a supercharged compass on your wrist, but you'll have to carry a paired smartphone as well.


We aren't quite sure whether the new Gear smart-watches that run Tizen OS will support the app, because it's based on Nokia's Android SDK. Meanwhile, the TurnByTurn app isn't yet available for download, but it should appear in the Google Play store soon.


The upcoming TurnByTurn app

The upcoming TurnByTurn app


source: HERE Maps via GSMArena

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posted on 05 Mar 2014, 05:14 6

1. Gemmol (Posts: 535; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


Here maps and here drive work very well so this is a good thing, I never used it until I had my first Nokia phone 1520 and honestly I think its the best navigation system.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 06:26 1

3. papss (unregistered)


I agree.. Its far more detailed than any I've used and the download map feature is nice.
what color 1520 did you get?

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 11:55 1

10. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3201; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Wp fans are like girls with barbie dolls.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 12:06 1

11. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3201; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Always talking blah blah blah

posted on 06 Mar 2014, 11:35

12. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2168; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Or you could stop trolling everyone & giving us Android users who respect choice a bad name.

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 12:34

13. ghirsh (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


This from a WWF Fairy!

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 07:07 5

5. akki20892 (Posts: 3437; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Used on my N8. 100% accurate navigation system.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 08:05 1

6. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3537; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


They just keep adding features!.. It's the best navigation I've ever used!..
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Here maps, and Here Drive..... But, it would be nice if they combined the two apps..

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 05:54 2

2. joey_sfb (Posts: 2898; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


I used to rely on Nokia Map using their Symbian phone. The experience is good comparable to TomTom GPS device.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 06:30 8

4. chocowii (Posts: 327; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


Imagine a map on your wrist. How amazing

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 08:06

7. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3537; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Well, you could've put a printed map on your wrist before this... :-)

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 08:53

8. KingDingaLing (Posts: 199; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)


Would be nice if the AT&T version of maps actually held a GPS signal more than a minute or 2.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 11:31

9. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


People that said Smartwatches are useless just keep getting more and more reasons that they're not. I love mine personally.

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