Does Nokia's HERE maps app have the potential to overthrow Google Maps?

Does Nokia's HERE maps app have the potential to overthrow Google Maps?
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.

Does Nokia's HERE maps app have the potential to overthrow Google Maps?




1. Malcolm.Merlyn

Posts: 160; Member since: Sep 28, 2014

Hell no.

2. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Both are equally good but offline navigation is a great advantage HERE maps have.

49. laughmi

Posts: 283; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

Definitely not!!! Although I am a big fan of Nokia but was quite disappointed after installing HERE on my s2. I couldn't even navigate and the map looking very ugly. Google Maps can do offline navigation and save maps as well. Nokia HERE can't compete with Google Maps. Google are champs in whatever they create.


Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

and heavens no

50. Mittal

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

I dont use much offline and here in Hyderabad, India, i find GMaps definitely more suitable. I tried Here Maps in my 520, so maybe using the Android App will have me thinking again

4. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Offline is all Here has. Its sadly and poorly drawn out. Very rough looking, aliasing off the wall. Its hard to look at honestly.

16. kristoferallen

Posts: 99; Member since: Jun 23, 2010

It definitely is hard to look at and offline mode is almost it's only feature. But it also looks like it tells you the speed limit and how fast you are going. Those two things are actually pretty nice to have that Google and Apple do not, especially if you're driving down a long road that doesn't have good reception and doesn't have hardly any speed limit signs, which happens a lot if you travel across states by vehicle. I wouldn't mind having it as a second app.

5. timukh

Posts: 295; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

HERE is extremely accurate. I have hardly found any error while using it, just like google maps. But HERE has an advantage that it works offline too which is a big big advantage, so yes if funded well it can clearly dominate.

30. threed61

Posts: 259; Member since: May 27, 2011

After getting my 928, I used here maps twice. First time it had me turning where there was no road, then going the opposite direction of my destination. Second time it told me I had 1.8 miles to get to Costco, as I was sitting in their parking lot. I used G maps after that. Still love Nokia phones!

7. wilsong17 unregistered

Lol google map is number one

8. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

What's the Lol for?

9. jojon

Posts: 433; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

1st place is Here, 2nd place is Google and IOS is off in the distance somewhere.

12. Hanko

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 30, 2014

Of course, this is Nokia maps, not some Giggle online gimmick.

14. cbatista750

Posts: 11; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

How can they just halt development for windows and focus only on android? If it goes to ios im done. Without windows phone Here wouldnt get this far. Thats messed up for windows fans. We dont get exclusives anymore to anything

42. mattypaul

Posts: 17; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

They haven't halted development for Windows Phone. Don't worry. Phone Arena are wrong and they actually acknowledged that in an update to that article they linked through to but must have forgotten about that when they posted this! Click on the link at the beginning of the article.

52. Jason78

Posts: 281; Member since: Apr 10, 2013

HERE is owned by Nokia who no longer makes phones. It only makes sense to focus on the OS with the largest market share if you are selling services.

15. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

HERE just needs an new (and nicer) interface and faster loading times.

17. kashyap07

Posts: 15; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

Naa Offline navigation is hella awesome but if you don't really travel to places that do not have network coverage then its useless. Google's does provide a lot more stuff than just that. Just a random thing I found -Here maps is really really accurate at locating, has never failed me. I use both.

18. nasznjoka

Posts: 418; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

Nokia's HERE is full of hype installed it and was not impresed at all, i can rate it to 4/10 against google's.

19. Hulas

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 23, 2013

MAPS.ME is best

20. balu25int

Posts: 10; Member since: Dec 11, 2014

In terms of offline navigation: yes In terms of map details: no

21. Cicero

Posts: 1114; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Yeah man! I know what you are saying. I'm using for long time. And with the new turn-by-turn nav is awesome. They use OpenStreetMaps.

22. DocOc78

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

No way. Google brand recognition is too strong. The masses will use Google Maps because they are familiar with it regardless of which app is better.

23. drazwy

Posts: 354; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

My biggest problem with HERE is it's traffic. It's slow to update traffic changes and the lack of surface street traffic is a killer. I can't use it till they fix traffic.

24. Damo579

Posts: 264; Member since: May 18, 2013

I think that HERE maps are very good but it won't overthrow Google maps because most people use whatever maps is default on their phones.

38. Yoloswagins

Posts: 25; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

Google maps are worthless without an internet connection. Offline maps are awesome, especially when you'retraveling abroad. On top of that, it doesn't spy on you, or show you ads. Also, google maps app has a terrible interface.

39. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

40. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Yes, but only because of HERE's amazing offline navigation...

44. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

I enjoyed Here, it worked very well (but that's most things Nokia). Once it's full for Android, I'll pick it back up...

47. Dnals

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 17, 2014

Quick to load (GM will be super slow in older device) Offline map support for loading map faster. Speed limit (Awesome part for long driving) Public transport highlight and listing better than Google Map (color in HERE rail or tram lines). I am an android user and using google map all the time (more than regular person used) I can sense what's different between them clearly. DIFFERENT I used HERE on WP so I don't know what different with Android. So I can't make the whole decision for you guys. Just used thing you friendly with.

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