Nokia releases 'Here' maps app for iOS
This entry was posted on Tuesday, November 20, 2012.
Apple's infamous Maps debacle brought it an incessant amount of negative press, and with good reason. Apple had hardly made a name for itself for being a particularly innovative company. What they did do though was knowing how to cherry pick the most practical components in evolving tech, and remodeling it to a simplistic and usable interface that appealed to aesthetes as well as normal consumers. Maps was a significant departure in this regard, as it was a half baked product that even Apple came to accept as sub standard, to the point that its CEO, Tim Cook, suggested alternatives to it in an apology post that came later.
The biggest names in the mapping business for mobile platforms were Google and Nokia. However, neither had native iOS apps – Google had no reason to share one of the best parts of its own Android operating system with a fierce rival, and Nokia had no reason to share its tech anyway. As the Apple Maps debacle panned out though, getting a decent maps app for iOS became easy pickings for any major app maker that came along, and Nokia might just have pipped its competition with the launch of its Here app.
Based on the renowned NAVTEQ database, Nokia HERE is an extension of the impressive Drive app seen in its Windows Phone devices. We’re talking about a database that gets used inside cars all over the world, so unlike Apple Maps, Nokia HERE should have you covered, wherever you’re off to.
The prominent features of the HERE app are as follows:
• Map views – Pick the map you need from map view, live traffic view, public transport line view or satellite view
• Save map areas & wander without data coverage
• In selected countries, access community maps created and updated by users
• Maps, search and place coverage for nearly 200 countries
• Search with history and suggestions
• Share places with just a tap, including the location and how to get there, over SMS, email, or social networks
• Organize places you love into Collections
• Sign in to HERE Maps with your Nokia Account or Facebook login
• Sync with Here.net – Access your Collections anywhere
• Step-by-Step voice-guided walk navigation
• Walk navigation through pedestrian routes, parks, alleyways, and more
• Public transportation and driving directions”
Download it from here