Poll results: Does Nokia's HERE maps app have the potential to overthrow Google Maps?

Poll results: Does Nokia's HERE maps app have the potential to overthrow Google Maps?
Nokia's renowned HERE Maps suite finally made it to the Play Store recently, bringing with it the best free offline navigation that can currently be found on Android. Nokia said that it will halt development of the HERE maps app for Windows Phone, and focus on Android, as well as iOS instead, which hints at more great features ahead.

The software features voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation for vehicles and pedestrians, as well as public transport schedules, lane switching and traffic guidance. You can download detailed maps of various regions, countries (more than 200 are available for download as of now), and even continents. Said maps are kept on your device, and pave the way for faster access, route planning and rerouting, all while being offline. More than 100 of the maps in question allow you to make full use of turn-by-turn navigation, while 40 of them will provide you with traffic information. Previously such offline navigation apps did cost tens of dollars or euros, and we are now witnessing a rapid decline in their pricing, thanks to the HERE maps suite. Thus, HERE maps comes as a godsend when traveling abroad, as those data roaming charges can be pretty steep. 

That's why we asked you last week whether you think that the HERE app offers something more than Google Maps, and does it have a potential to overthrow Google's famous navigation solution further down the road. As it turns out, despite the lack of Street View and the clunkier interface, 73% of our 1925 respondents think that HEREs holds something over Google Maps. We are only glad that finally there is some real competition in the free navigation apps, which can only benefit us users in the end.

Does Nokia's HERE maps app have the potential to overthrow Google Maps?




1. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

If google adds an offline mode for entire regions then i would have voted differently

31. rsiders

Posts: 1956; Member since: Nov 17, 2011


2. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Ofc, Google Maps is better. The only advantage Nokia Maps have is in offline navigation and that's about it. So the way I see it is if Google starts offering offline navigation they'd all round better maps. However, Nokia on the other maps can't offer nearly as detailed locations, better street view anytime soon as those data requires lots of research. Also, Google Maps can very easily integrate with G now and Calendar which Nokia Maps can't. The traffic prediction of G Maps has gotten better as well after the Waze acquisition. I live in London and even here the entire city doesn't have Street view in Nokia apps. It'll only be worse in less developed parts of the world. The public transit info is also better on G Maps as it integrates with local transport services and is able to provide live timetables.

6. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Why are you trolling Nokia in every Nokia related article??

8. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Last time I checked its related to Google equally. So its not a 'Nokia-only' article. Get over it ! BTW, do you even know the meaning of trolling ?! How is it trolling when I put forward my argument along with reasons ? If you have a problem simply challenge me on the points I make instead of making idiotic comments just because you don't have a point to counter. Unlike you I am not a fanboy and I have my REASONS to like or dislike. Simply blindly praising an OEM is not my trait.

14. laughmi

Posts: 283; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

Trolling is what you are doing by blindly praising an OEM as tech2 stated. Lets accept the facts instead of pin-pointing. Google Maps are best in business.

19. g2a5b0e unregistered

How can this even remotely be called trolling? He gave an opinion & gave a detailed explanation as to why. In fact, I would call it the opposite. People need to stop overusing that word.

36. afraaa

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

google map is awesome saved offline solved offline map years ago .. no nokia here too

13. laughmi

Posts: 283; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

Google Maps provide offline navigation using only GPS. I have used it many times. You can also save any area of map you want.

16. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

you can save only part of area and not whole country or continent. true advantage of offline maps is to reduce roaming data charges or to be able to travel area without network signal.

37. afraaa

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

u travel to whole country at once ? that u need whole country map ?

18. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

like hemedans said you can only save a part of map not an entire country. Also, it won't really work when you want to navigate which Here does brilliantly even when you're offline.

47. laughmi

Posts: 283; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

I do not need to save the whole country map. It is even possible to save a big region as big as your country I guess (though I have saved only cities) but it can't properly select the country it would save the whole visible areas which would include neighbouring countries as well.

15. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

dont forget years ago google was using navteq data and when nokia bought navteq and rename it to here map then google stop using it. then google start using tele atlas data. so google is not someone to offer billions to research on map but instead they can offer billions to buy map data same as buying youtube, android,..... google offer detailed map but not accuracy one, nokia they travel with cars to map different areas while google accept user submitted map from various area. where am from google map is more detailed but very easy to get lost while here map is less detailed but with accuracy.

20. zaza991988

Posts: 15; Member since: Aug 27, 2014

I disagree. In many countries -I live in lebanon-. Nokia maps has much more POI, having an offline maps is also important since the internet connection here is terrible. Nokia maps have much better global coverage than Google. Google is probably superior in more developed countries.

32. rsiders

Posts: 1956; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Remember, it's only the FIRST version of Here Maps....the sky is the limit.

34. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Its first version on Android not overall. They are here for a while. Also, what point are you trying to make exactly ? Do you think in future Here maps will get better and Google won't ?

3. bohdan4ik13 unregistered

No it's not, because almost every Android device comes with preloaded Google Maps app.

4. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Exactly, since they have that advantage. The traffic traffic info is more accurate because of wider user base. G Maps also offers info about a particular store its reviews and opening times all within the same app. I get can even see comments left by people when I particular road has roadworks going on. On my Waze app (which Google acquired).

10. haikus

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Hi, this is Pino of the HERE team. Thanks for your honest feedback and review, but I would like to let you know more about what we do. 1. For us photography is not cartography. We're using advanced technologies like LiDAR to create a 3D representation of the world, rather than take just pictures. We employ 6,000 people in 56 countries to do our very accurate research. That's why we're in 4 out of 5 cars with in-dash navigation. 2. Our traffic data isn't coming just from smartphones. Actually we prefer quality over quantity. The fleet of a delivery company is much more accurate in providing traffic information than people with their smartphones.

28. faptastic

Posts: 65; Member since: Aug 19, 2014

You know, I've been using HERE for a LONG time on my Lumia and it's been fine with the offline maps. But it falls apart completely when it comes to POI's. I've been in 4 countries with actively trying to use it so far and in all four countries I traveled. Basically in one city there has been a new city center for 15 years now. Google maps has all the outside stores and inside stores in that city. HERE only shows stores that existed before the change, 15 years ago. Basically it's showing buildings that have been demolished 15 years ago, to this day. This happened in Italy, Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. Decided to take my Android tablet for Google maps along for my visit to France because HERE let me down too much. Since there's no way for an average user like me to add a POI or report a false one or report map issues... HERE has become increasingly unusable. Another huge problem is that it reports traffic fine, but never has alternative roads. Even when a road is completely closed for construction, it still tells me to take the bloody road (and yes the map shows the road is closed, yet navigation says GO GO GO). On top of that on my Android tablet HERE crashes on startup, making it impossible to use anyway. On paper HERE looks promising, and since the majority of people voting here go for the features on paper, as they have no hands-on experience with it, you get a good outcome. Having worked with it for a longer time however, it's let me down a LOT more than I would have hoped. Public transport does however work really well.

33. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

'The fleet of a delivery company is much more accurate' HOW ?! Infact, it'll only show inaccurate traffic information on weekends when most of the delivery companies are closed. LOL :D and when it comes to measuring traffic, more info = more accurate. e.g. If there's a delivery van broken down it will show as traffic even when there isn't in that area but in G Maps' case when several cars are reporting being moving slowly it'll report as traffic jam which is more accurate. Lastly, who said all those delivery drivers don't use Google Maps at all ? I receive several FedEx parcels at my office and quite a lot of them use their android phones to navigate around. Public transport DOESN'T work very well comparatively. It shows my office being 1.25 hours away with 2 changes while Google Maps shows me shorter route with less transfers since in Google Maps I can customize to mention that I don't mind walking more to get less transfers or reach early.

17. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

dont forget google is losing on android, latest data show google's android has only 52% of market share and aosp has 25%. this data show now each four people who own smartphone one is using aosp device. we all know that you cant install google map on aosp device so this is good opportunity for here map to rise. also here and baidu they have contract for chinese people to use here map when they are out of china. many people who use aosp smartphone come from china, this is good opportunity for here. and dont forget last q3 data here map has user base of 600 million people(without android), if here success in android we will talk about billions next time

24. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

That's odd, I have AOSP installed on my old Galaxy S3, and I have Google Maps installed on it also. And it works like a charm.

38. afraaa

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

:))))))))))))))) u are real idiot " dont forget google is losing on android, latest data show google's android has only 52% of market share and aosp has 25%." wake up wake up

44. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Such a retar*ed post!!

5. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

How about a comparison between iOS Maps and Here Maps.

11. rowdysheeter

Posts: 74; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

not a fair comparison. 'Here' Maps are far superior to iOS maps.

29. faptastic

Posts: 65; Member since: Aug 19, 2014

Throwing a dice to pick a random direction is more reliable than iOS maps.

7. lucid.brat unregistered

C'mon PA everyone has potential to throw anyone for that they have to find a way and work hard...as each one or company start from scrap

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