HERE maps breaks Nokia Lumia 2520 exclusivity, coming to all Windows 8.1 devices

HERE maps breaks Nokia Lumia 2520 exclusivity, coming to all Windows 8.1 devices
Nokia is getting ready to expand the reach of its set of HERE Maps app. So far, the HERE Maps app for tablets has been exclusive to the Nokia Lumia 2520, but Nokia has announced that it is getting ready to release the app for all Windows 8.1 devices, which will include both Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro devices. And, there are a few nice updates coming with the new app.

The biggest improvement will be in the overall speed and performance of the app. Nokia says it is using progressive rendering and other optimizations to be able to get city pages to load four times faster, and offline maps will load as fast as your hardware can handle. Nokia has also added mouse and keyboard support for those of you on laptops, but obviously the touchscreen controls are still intact. The update will have support for high-resolution satellite imagery, so you will be able to see far more detail when zoomed in. Lastly, the app will now store your search history and routes that you've calculated, and place results lists will be able to be sorted by distance or rating. 

Nokia says that the update will be rolling out over the next few days starting with North America and Europe. It looks like a pretty solid update, and will definitely be nice for users who may not be all that impressed with Bing Maps, and who can't get an official Google Maps app for their system.


source: Nokia via Engadget

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15 Comments

1. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

I really don't see how this is gonna come in handy on my notebook, but cool!!!! .................... I would argue that Here maps are the best, or close if not the best..

3. ZeroCide

Posts: 810; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

like google maps and bing maps app, this will be a wecome addition to my laptop for looking up addresses where I need to go.

8. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

I think it's much more comfortable planning routes on the PC :)

13. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

True..

2. asingha94

Posts: 295; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

best map on mobile devices!!cool!!

6. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Here=Google Maps>>>>>>>>>>>>everything else.

9. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

No.... Try something new... You've never used Here maps?

15. asingha94

Posts: 295; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

Use its offline navigation!!I can assure you it is the best & it provides better search results than google maps...I have been using both navigations from symbian time....google maps is noway near to the here maps!!

12. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011

Here on my Lumia 1020 is very unreliable. I have better luck with Google Maps on my Note 2 running CM10.

14. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Unreliable? That's crazy.. Where are you located??.. North pole?

4. jojon

Posts: 433; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

on the top you have Here Maps, then daylight back to whoever you want as second place..

5. rihel_95

Posts: 305; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Microsoft should completely wrap off[replace] Bing Maps with Here Maps

10. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

They already have........

7. papss unregistered

As I've been saying forever... HERE is about as good as it gets.. The one thing I wanted on my pro was this program... Download a sh!t ton of maps and I'm off

11. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Yep! Google maps can't do that!!!

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