Nokia to bring HERE services to Samsung's Gear smartwatches


Earlier this year, when Nokia sold its mobile phone division to Microsoft, it didn’t include its HERE mapping business in the deal. So we shouldn’t be surprised to see that Nokia is now teasing an announcement that will seemingly bring HERE services to Samsung’s Gear line of smartwatches.

All that Nokia is saying for now is that it’s going to unveil “HERE for Gear” tomorrow in London. The teaser image posted via the official HERE Twitter account clearly uses Samsung’s Gear logo, so there’s no doubt that a Nokia - Samsung partnership is about to be announced.

HERE services include maps, navigation, public transportation info, and information about millions of points of interest around the world. We’ll find out tomorrow how much of all this will be available on Samsung’s Gear series.

Samsung currently offers several Gear smartwatches that run Tizen, and only one that runs Android Wear (though we’ll surely see more of these in the future). The company’s latest smartwatch is the curved, Tizen-based Gear S, which will be available later this year.

Update: The Samsung Gear S, which was announced yesterday, will officially feature turn-by-turn pedestrian navigation powered by HERE. Nokia's announcement from tomorrow should provide more details on this.

source: HERE (Twitter)

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16 Comments

1. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

well HERE maps is powering tizen devices so it's not much of a surprise since the new Gear devices run Tizen http://web.archive.org/web/20131114072447/https://twitter.com/here/status/399759646627344384

2. CyberFalcon

Posts: 223; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Nokia please release Here maps for Android (Play Store)...

3. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Nice combination. here for Gear.

4. gazmatic

Posts: 807; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

The best thing to happen to galaxy gear devices

7. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Yes, the best thing before their extinction! :)

13. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Its only for gear devices.... not for galaxies...

5. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Bring it to allllllllll preese.

6. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Make sense that son of M$ offers apps to Google's competitor but not Google himself

8. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Google doesn't need it, they already have google maps and google now. What's more, I think that Here is still owned by Nokia (the real one). Maybe Samsung and the old Nokia will join together to form the fourth ecosystem... :)

10. TouchWiZSucks

Posts: 53; Member since: May 12, 2014

Maybe join forces to improve tizen?

11. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

How the heck is Nokia the son of MS? First off, the company predates MS by nearly a century. Second, the Here service was available on Symbian devices long before Nokia committed to WP.

12. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Maps, Nokia Maps, Ovi Maps for the win!

9. jibraihimi

Posts: 801; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

Now release Here for Android soon nokia......

14. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

This probably upsetting news to MS.

15. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

I like this I hope the remaining nokia does a lot more of this first the Z-launcher then this I like the direction they're heading !

16. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Offline maps???????

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