Nokia Here offers walking and driving directions on iOS

By on November 20, 2012, 9:41 AM

Nokia is looking to capitalize on the much-publicized Apple Maps flop with the release of its own mapping alternative for iOS. Dubbed Here, the free HTML5-based app uses Navteq data (the same that a majority of in-car navigation systems use) to provide walking and driving directions in a number of countries around the world -- the company lists 200 but the data available for each will vary, of course.

Users can switch between the standard map view and satellite, live traffic or a public transport layer that should help travelers explore foreign cities with ease. Here includes voice-guided turn-by-turn directions for walking, something that Apple does’t offer, but the same is not available while driving. There’s also the option to select a local region and pre-download the maps for that region in advance to enable offline navigation at a later time.

The service synchronizes with here.net so users can create custom maps highlighting points of interests on the desktop and then access them on their phone or share them with others.

All in all, early impressions around the web have been a mixed bag. While it’s functional enough and the mapping data seems comprehensive, maps don’t look as nice as they do on Google or Apple’s apps, and more importantly information is often incomplete in some areas, like nearby points of interests, live traffic data, and public transportation directions. Some of it might improve as more people use Here, though.

Nokia Here will work with any iOS device running version 4.3 or later and support for other operating systems, including Firefox OS, is coming over the next few months. An API for Android is due in the first quarter of 2013.




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captainawesome captainawesome said:

Just tried it. I wish they would offer the feature to download for your whole country or at least state maybe at the cost of $10 per country ? That still heavily undercuts competitors like TomToms apps.

Guest said:

Nokia maps are the best! Very accurate and fast.

MilwaukeeMike said:

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Just tried it. I wish they would offer the feature to download for your whole country or at least state maybe at the cost of $10 per country ? That still heavily undercuts competitors like TomToms apps.

Is this the same maps service that Nokia includes on their Lumia 920 Windows phone? That phone lets you download maps, but I don't know if it's the same service as Here. Also it says you can get local regions... but not whole countries? hmm..

captainawesome captainawesome said:

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Is this the same maps service that Nokia includes on their Lumia 920 Windows phone? That phone lets you download maps, but I don't know if it's the same service as Here. Also it says you can get local regions... but not whole countries? hmm..

That local regions thing is a farce. You basically download a snapshot of a very small region. Think your immediate neighbours.

LookinAround LookinAround, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

the free HTML5-based app uses Navteq data

@Jos,

The correct spelling grammar is actually NAVTEQ (capitalization counts )

~JP edit

Guest said:

Lumia 920 actually allows you to download map and one can use the phone like a GPS even without any internet (WIFI or 3G/4G) services

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