The Samsung Galaxy Gear gets HERE Maps support... in a way


Nokia announced a partnership withSymphony Teleca that will see their new cross-device (Samsung Galaxyseries and Samsung Galaxy Gear) navigation app, TurnByTurn, rely onHERE Maps for nav data. Nokia says that the smart-watch provides acomfortable solution for the majority of users. According to itsresearch, users tend to alternate between opening the navigation appto check their position and closing it to save the device's batterylife. Putting the navigation app on their wrists means having aneasier time following directions.



Thus, the TurnByTurn app lets usersplan their route ahead of the trip on their Galaxy smartphones, andsync it to the Galaxy Gear smart-watch. The wearable transmitsnavigation instructions and alerts (visual and audible) from thephone. It's like putting a supercharged compass on your wrist, butyou'll have to carry a paired smartphone as well.



We aren't quite sure whether the newGear smart-watches that run Tizen OS will support the app, becauseit's based on Nokia's Android SDK. Meanwhile, the TurnByTurn app isn't yetavailable for download, but it should appear in the Google Play storesoon.




source: HEREMaps via GSMArena

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13 Comments

1. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Here maps and here drive work very well so this is a good thing, I never used it until I had my first Nokia phone 1520 and honestly I think its the best navigation system.

3. papss unregistered

I agree.. Its far more detailed than any I've used and the download map feature is nice. what color 1520 did you get?

10. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Wp fans are like girls with barbie dolls.

11. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Always talking blah blah blah

12. g2a5b0e unregistered

Or you could stop trolling everyone & giving us Android users who respect choice a bad name.

13. ghirsh

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

This from a WWF Fairy!

5. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Used on my N8. 100% accurate navigation system.

6. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

They just keep adding features!.. It's the best navigation I've ever used!.. ..................... Here maps, and Here Drive..... But, it would be nice if they combined the two apps..

2. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I used to rely on Nokia Map using their Symbian phone. The experience is good comparable to TomTom GPS device.

4. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Imagine a map on your wrist. How amazing

7. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Well, you could've put a printed map on your wrist before this... :-)

8. KingDingaLing

Posts: 324; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

Would be nice if the AT&T version of maps actually held a GPS signal more than a minute or 2.

9. JerryTime

Posts: 468; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

People that said Smartwatches are useless just keep getting more and more reasons that they're not. I love mine personally.

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