Nokia finally brings HERE Maps to Android, will be exclusively available for Samsung Galaxy smartphones
posted by Peter K. / Aug 29, 2014, 5:41 AM
Yesterday, we told you that HERE Maps, the mapping service that is still under Nokia's wing, will arrive on Samsung's Gear family of Tizen-powered devices. It will feature turn-by-turn navigation for pedestrians and a few other functionalities of the HERE goodness. But it seems that Nokia won't get satisfied with smartwatches alone, as it was just announced that HERE Maps will be exclusively-available on Samsung Galaxy smartphones for free.
Some of the strongest and most notable features of Nokia's HERE Maps is that it supports offline navigation thanks to your device's in-built GPS. This allows you to explore the map and navigate yourself to a desired location without an Internet connection, and Nokia touts that you can use all features of HERE Maps on Android while being offline.
The app will allow you to download detailed maps of various areas, regions, or even countries (more than 200 are available for download as of now). Said maps are kept on your device and pave the way for fast access. More than 100 of the maps in question allow you to make full use of turn-by-turn navigation, while 40 of the maps will provide you with traffic information (we suppose that this feature won't work offline, though). HERE Maps will work in a seamless concert with Glympse, too.
Nokia says that it is planning to endow the HERE Maps app with “more great features in the following months”, however, there is no word when the app will be available for more Android devices. Nokia's HERE Maps will be available for supported Samsung smartphones and smartwatches for free once the recently-unveiled Samsung Gear S hits the shelves, which is scheduled for October.
source: HERE Maps via Reddit
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Won't take long until other Android users can have it. (XDA)
posted on Aug 29, 2014, 5:47 AM 13
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It had to be exclusive for Nokia Android phones ... FU Flop!
posted on Aug 29, 2014, 6:03 AM 6
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There are no Nokia phones anymore: the mobile division has been sold to Microsoft. Here Maps is a Nokia product instead, and Nokia probably signed an agreement with Samsung (that means, Samsung licensed Nokia Here).
posted on Aug 29, 2014, 7:39 AM 5
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Yup. But do you think all the ppl will go and download map-apks from the net???? And what about the updates? Or malware? No question, that Galaxy owners will be privileged. And can download whatever country or region they want any time. No need to put all the maps on the phone. By the way the Android users even now can download cracked navigation apps. But not this is the point here.
posted on Aug 29, 2014, 7:05 AM 3
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I don't think it's good move by Nokia, now there is one less reason (huge reason) for buying Lumia. Many people find HERE maps the best feature of Nokia and now Nokia itself gives their best product to competition for free (as said before, after few hours there will be APKs all over XDA)
posted on Aug 29, 2014, 5:53 AM 4
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HERE maps are part of original nokia corp, the mobile phones with WP are owned by microsoft and has nothing to do with eachother any more.
posted on Aug 29, 2014, 6:00 AM 15
I don't know how you can't understand simple concepts. Microsoft bought the Devices & Services division which handled hardware and software related to the Lumia, Asha and X range of mobile devices. Microsoft is now in charge of everything related to those trademarks. Microsoft pushing out Cyan:http://www.wpcentral.com/lumia-cyan Microsoft excitedly letting users know the Cyan update is ready:http://www.theinquirer.net/inq
Microsoft is in charge of the Nokia social network and Nokia.com site up to a year after the closing of the deal:http://www.cnbc.com/id/1016022 19
Now what are your sources?
posted on Aug 29, 2014, 7:16 AM 5
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Nokia have no connection to the Lumia range of smartphones anymore. On the contrary, it's a very wise business move. I also highly doubt that Nokia are giving the service to Samsung for free...! One of the great pros for WP gone...
posted on Aug 29, 2014, 6:09 AM 7
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Even if that's right, which is not (Cyan update was being developed at original Nokia BEFORE they sold the Devices & Services division to Microsoft, right, but they got sold at the end and it's not part of the original Nokia anymore) but let's assume it is. Now original Nokia is HERE, NSN and research .. they don't benefit from Lumia range anymore nor it's their product, they have to do what's best for them, not for Microsoft.
posted on Aug 29, 2014, 7:13 AM 5
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Good. M$ can rot in hell AFAIC. Now Nokia.... what about us, JOLLA customers? When will WE get offline navigation? Or even worse, when will we, Nokia 808Pureview CUSTOMERS, get map-updates! Lifetime maps is, in my book, LONGER than 1,5 year, you know!!!
posted on Aug 29, 2014, 6:51 PM 1
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The same move that made blackberry when they released BBM to everyone... it was one of the best reasons to get a Blackberry... not anymore... Anyway, how is it beneficial that they give it exclusively to Samsung? I really don't understand
posted on Aug 29, 2014, 8:42 AM 1
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WOOOOHOOO!!!! :D Samsung stay winning! :)
posted on Aug 29, 2014, 6:23 AM 1
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NOT SO FAST, PLEASE:) So far, the apple propaganda was very good with Nokia Maps, because must fight with Google Maps. Right? But now, when Samsung have Nokia Maps , could you imagine what Nokia Maps bashing you will witness on the tech media soon??? Bet on, that it will be bashing as crazy. Every day. Fasten your belts. ROTFL
posted on Aug 29, 2014, 8:43 PM 0
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