“Nokia Maps” as we know it, has a new name. Nokia announced the new brand for their mapping service as “HERE”, which will target multiple devices and operating systems. The new map service from Nokia will also enable 3D capabilities in near future with intodution of the LiveSight technology and acquisition of Earthmine. An app for iOS is already underway, which will be available free of cost in a few weeks. Other devices can use the web application at HERE.net.
At the launch, Nokia President and CEO Stephen Elop, said —
People want great maps, and with HERE we can bring together Nokia’s location offering to deliver people a better way to explore, discover and share their world. Additionally, with HERE we can extend our 20 years of location expertise to new devices and operating systems that reach beyond Nokia. As a result, we believe that more people benefit from and contribute to our leading mapping and location service.”
Until now, Nokia Maps were only a part of Nokia Symbian and Nokia Lumia Windows Phone devices. But now, with the introduction of HERE, built on HTML5, it opens up the windows for all other devices. It will include offline capabilities, voice-guided walk navigation, live traffic information, and public transport directions, amongst other features.
- The iOS app for HERE is scheduled to be available for free download from Apple’s App Store in the coming weeks.
- A mobile Web version of HERE Maps for the new Firefox OS next year.
- An Android OS-based reference app and plans for the availability of a HERE SDK for Android OEMs in early 2013.
And if you want to access the HERE app on your desktop or any smartphone, just head-on to HERE.net, from any of the modern browsers.
Our Take On HERE.net
On a desktop or big a screen, HERE looks very neat. I am in India, and it shows up the directions pretty well. However, there’s a long way to go before it can match Google Maps.
On an Android browser, HERE looks fine on the first screen, until you start exploring it. Start viewing directions, and you will notice the congested interface, and navigating the website becomes difficult. Probably, a dedicated app for mobile OS will fix those things.
Nokia will have to take on all three biggies — Microsoft, Google, and Apple, who have their own map service. What do you think about the new map service from Nokia? Are you checking it out?
Via: Nokia Press Release