Nokia finally brings HERE Maps to Android, will be exclusively available for Samsung Galaxy smartphones

Nokia finally brings HERE Maps to Android, will be exclusively available for Samsung Galaxy smartphones

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.

Any thoughts?


source: HERE Maps via Reddit

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59 Comments

1. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Won't take long until other Android users can have it. (XDA)

6. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

It had to be exclusive for Nokia Android phones ... FU Flop!

35. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

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).

40. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

I hope they make....high end android in 2016. If they decided to come in mobile business.

21. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

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.

38. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

That is true, unfortunately.

2. csoulr666

Posts: 116; Member since: Nov 04, 2013

APK on XDA for all devices in 3......2.......1

23. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

BS See 21

3. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

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)

5. ojz0r

Posts: 22; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

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.

12. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Wrong....Cyan update is made and rolled out by the original Nokia...

16. Beijendorf unregistered

The Cyan update is engineered by the Devices & Services division which Microsoft bought. Don't correct people when you don't know anything yourself.

20. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Ask Microsoft, they know better....

29. Beijendorf unregistered

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/inquirer/news/2355453/microsoft-rolls-out-cyan-update-with-windows-phone-81-to-lumia-smartphones 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/101602219 Now what are your sources?

33. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Just do a live chat with Microsoft support....

43. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Right, so you base tour arguments on the wire og an underpaid employee in Bombay, instead of official MS announcements...?

45. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

...word of...

7. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

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...

13. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Cyan update made by the original Nokia...

26. o7o

Posts: 114; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

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.

36. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Tell him a million times... he won't understand anyway.

44. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

No, it's made by the devices division... You'll notice that many things that had Nokia in their name still does after the sale.

55. epdm2be

Posts: 815; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

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!!!

41. buccob

Posts: 2949; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

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

46. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

I'm sure Samsung paid a lot more for an exclusive, and considering Sammy's share of the Android market...

4. iluvsonynokia

Posts: 161; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

FU%^& SAMSUNG, XDA am coming

24. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

US Patriot??? LOL

8. draconic1991

Posts: 200; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

will it work with cm11 galaxy s3??

9. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1126; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

WOOOOHOOO!!!! :D Samsung stay winning! :)

56. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

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

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