Nokia's HERE Maps finally lands on Google Play, offers free offline navigation with audio prompts


Rejoice, Android users, as HERE has just found its way to Google Play, where it's available for free. "What is HERE?", you might ask. Well, it's the famed mapping service that is still under Nokia's wing, which provides its users with completely offline navigation, has a wide array of available maps, up-to-date info for public transportation, as well as turn-by-turn voice guidance - all of this free of charge.

Up until now, the app was only available for Samsung devices on one of Samsung's online app repositories (though tech-savvy Android users found certain ways to sideload it on their devices). Apart from arriving on Google Play, HERE Beta also adds navigation support for plenty of new countries (Algeria, Angola, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Cyprus, Iraq, Libya, Mauritania, Mauritius, Nepal, Paraguay, Saint Helena, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Zambia, Zimbabwe), though these countries have not been fully-mapped just yet.

The team behind the app also revealed that its much-anticipated iOS version will be available on Apple's App Store sometime in early 2015. Have in mind that Here for Android is still rolling out and might not show up inside your phone's Google Play app, yet you can get it by following the download link right below.

Download: HERE (Android)


source: HERE Blog via GeekOnGadgets

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46 Comments

1. mdroid

Posts: 48; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

le me try this.

2. Manti123

Posts: 207; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

Welcome the best mapping service. We hope we can enjoy your great smartphones soon, Nokia!

17. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I agree.. I have been using it for a while and like it better than maps

26. omar300

Posts: 210; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

seriously google/android fans. dont be offended when people call this best service. you may dismiss this because you all already have google maps but you guys need to try this map. i first used it on windows phone then found beta version and installed it on my android phone a while ago. This map service is great for offline. very small map for entire province/state.

28. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I would say that HERE loads quicker than Google Maps in standard viewing mode. Switch on Satellite view and they both take around the same amount of time. Transit routing is the same though Google does give a little more options or views on a stop... though with each new update they manage to screw it up a bit (like time table listings for schedules further down the timeline).

29. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Yes its better than Google Map. I have been using it since Nokia Symbian days. Its better because it does not need data connection during navigation. Google still make the user load portion of the map via 3G/4G and with a moving vehicle. Good Luck to that.

30. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

There hasn't been any people offended by anyone calling this the best app posting in here. The benefits for each app are subjective, each has good and bad points. So it's not like one app trounces the other either. But no one here has said HERE sucks or anything of the sort. So why are you acting like they are? Having more options is never a bad thing.

33. omar300

Posts: 210; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

of course. but its safer to warm up people for a better conversation than let everyone go into crazy fanatic mode. and to yea google maps does over better transit timing and is more frequently updated with new roads. but at the end its not google doing that itself. google has hired other agencies to do that. Here has still managed to do almost similar task as google in a lot smaller budget.

35. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Warm up people for a better conversation? You mean you're trying to start an argument. You posted 6 hours after the first post, and there still wasn't anything of the kind of fanaticism that you were asserting by that point. If anything, your way of "warming people up" was more likely to start something than stop it. You've been on PA for over 2 years, you could know that fan rage doesn't need to be incited, it happens on it's own just fine. No need to try and jump start it.

39. omar300

Posts: 210; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

jesus man calm down. you have some serious issues. stay away from your keyboard.

41. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

The point I was trying to convey was that by trying to head off fanatic rambling, what you did might instead cause it. Do you know the difference between anger and calm? If I was raging, their would be expletives and exclamation points.

3. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Has anyone tried this? How does it fair against Google Maps.

4. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Better than Google maps in offline mode.

14. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Yes and no. It seems to be more accurate in terms of how close it gets to my actual location. Although we're talking about a variance of like 20 feet. But when viewing with the satellite layer in place, it's apparently a very old capture, at least in my location. Judging by the changes made to our area, I'd estimate the satellite picture to be taken around 2011. Whereas the Google Maps pictures looks to be about a 1/2 - 1 year old. I don't know if that'll affect the accuracy of HERE Maps aside from the satellite picture or not. I'll have to test it to be sure. Other than that, it seems like a great alternative and possibly a better option to GMaps. It'll definitely help with the newer phones not allowing simultaneous voice and data unless you're set up for VoLTE, at least on Verizon.

16. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Digging a bit deeper, it appears that only the satellite pictures are old. HERE was able to find a business that started about a year ago and showed the location on the map, even though the satellite picture only showed an empty lot. So all good.

21. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

Variance of 20 feet could just be the difference between your phone or many other variables unrelated to the software (not counting it out.) But I've tested HERE on two different phone models and there was a minor variance.

22. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I was referring to the difference in accuracy between GMaps and HERE on the same phone, which I checked just before I posted. I wasn't commenting on different devices, but the difference between HERE and Google Maps.

43. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

good stuff!

38. Cicero

Posts: 1137; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

You have to consider in your comparative talk the Maps.me app. I used this for about 1 year, domestic and abroad, and I found this a good one. Abroad I use Maps.me and my wife used Here. Both was accurate.

42. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I'll have to check it out, thanks.

5. abhilashpro

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

I've used Sygic + Google Maps for many years. Then tried Nokia HERE on my Android with my Samsung phone. Typically, you'll need one online and one offline solution on your phone all the time. For online, of course, Google Maps is the best. But for offline, Nokia HERE and Sygic are equally excellent. I used Nokia HERE a lot, then removed it just to make use of my purchased Sygic maps. If I hadn't paid for it, I would definitely go for Nokia HERE>

11. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I tried Sygic but the HERE is a lot more stable and simpler IMO. Sygic looks like something cheap from 2010. Not nice :(

6. rsiders

Posts: 1976; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

It was one of the things I really missed from Windows Phone and went to download maps from Google maps and could only save a small portion of the city let alone trying to save the whole state for offline use. Here has a huge advantage if you need it.

9. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I think this is better than Gmaps even in online mode. It still needs some improvement to get smoother but it's already very good.

10. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

It isn't as nice as GM, but that's just subjective. But with it being on the play store now, Nokia is slowing becoming the company it used to be, free of the crap that MS put on it.

20. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

I believe that's why he started with "I think". It is subjective, and I also happen to think it is better than gMaps.

7. SaintHelena

Posts: 397; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

If I Remember Correctly, a couple of year back, some m0r0n (or trojan horse) said that Nokia can't differentiate if Nokia use Android instead of WP, because google prohibit anything that google has, such as Maps.

8. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I just wish Google Maps would offer online navigation like this app. It's hugely useful...

12. hellbread

Posts: 309; Member since: Nov 21, 2014

Great app, using it for some time now as main navi. Download everything you need and go offline.

13. roozbeh101

Posts: 99; Member since: Mar 31, 2012

it says it is incompatible with my nexus 7 2013

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