Nokia's renowned HERE Maps
suite finally made it to the Play Store recently, bringing with it the best free offline navigation that can currently be found on Android. Nokia said that it will halt development of the HERE maps app for Windows Phone, and focus on Android, as well as iOS instead, which hints at more great features ahead.
The software features voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation for vehicles and pedestrians, as well as public transport schedules, lane switching and traffic guidance. Of course, the most notable feature of Nokia's HERE maps app is that it supports offline navigation thanks to your device's built-in GPS receiver. This allows you to explore the map and navigate yourself to a desired location without an Internet connection, and you can use all features of HERE Maps on Android while being offline, HD voices and all.
You can download detailed maps of various regions, countries (more than 200 are available for download as of now), and even continents. Said maps are kept on your device, and pave the way for faster access, route planning and rerouting, all while being offline. More than 100 of the maps in question allow you to make full use of turn-by-turn navigation, while 40 of them will provide you with traffic information. Previously such offline navigation apps did cost tens of dollars or euros, and we are now witnessing a rapid decline in their pricing, thanks to the HERE maps suite.
The other great free navigation software you can use on Android is, of course, Google Maps, which offers voice guidance, and a ton of other useful features like Street View, too. The bad part is you can only cache a small area for offline navigation, and that doesn't mean you can use turn-by-turn directions if you don't have an Internet connection, too. Thus, HERE maps comes as a godsend when traveling abroad, as those data roaming charges can be pretty steep. That's why we wanted to ask you whether you think that the HERE app offers something more than Google Maps, and does it have a potential to overthrow Google's famous navigation solution further down the road. Take your pick, and chime in the comments below.