Nokia’s HERE maps is finally available for Android, kicking off with Samsung Galaxy phones

Nokia’s HERE maps is finally available for Android, kicking off with Samsung Galaxy phones

Nokia has launched a beta version of its HERE maps and navigation app in the Samsung Galaxy Apps store, giving the smartphone maker a viable alternative to the wildly popular Google Maps.

The app is technically a beta build and, for now, exclusive to Samsung’s Galaxy-branded Android smartphones. It signals an interesting push from both parties; what’s left of Nokia from the Microsoft acquisition is no longer tied to Windows Phone, so this is clearly part of the firm’s push to broaden its market share; for Samsung, it’s a chance to reduce its dependency on Google’s services.

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Nokia has also confirmed that it’ll be launching its HERE app for iOS and the broader Android ecosystem before the end of the year.

So why switch? The stand-out feature of HERE is the ability to download, for free, large parts of its digital maps for offline use. That includes full countries, much like TomTom, or OpenStreetMap-powered alternatives such as Skobbler (now owned by Telenav). While Google Maps does support offline maps, it’s usually limited to smaller areas – and sometimes not available at all.

For a full rundown of how Nokia is developing HERE for mobile mapping supremacy, be sure to read our in-depth feature.

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