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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Nokia relaunches HERE Maps for iOS


HERE Maps for iOSNokia is relaunching HERE Maps for iOS, after more than a year-long absence. The new HERE for iOS is a appears to be fully native and a lot nicer to look at. Aside from typical mapping functions, it also provides public transit info (which is still missing from Apple Maps), live traffic info, and photos and reviews of various locations.

One of the big features in HERE is offline maps: the app allows you to download maps for specific countries and regions and use those to navigate - even with turn-by-turn - while offline. That's a huge advantage for travelers or anyone on a limited data plan. Google Maps technically has offline maps as well, but the feature is so puzzling and limited that it may as well not.

HERE for iOS, offline maps

The all-inclusive route planner on HERE for iOS allows you to compare walking, transit and driving directions including an estimate of how long each will take you – and all of this can be done in ‘offline mode’ too. The offline car navigation on HERE for iOS provides full turn-by-turn voice guidance with spoken street names. If you're on foot, HERE will guide you with unobtrusive turn-by-turn alerts and when you’re taking the train, HERE shows you where the station is, all the transfers you'll need to make and where to get off.

HERE for iOS, transit maps

You can save places ahead of time with Collections, which you can create and view on any HERE app - iOS, Android, Windows, etc. - or on the web at here.com.

HERE for iOS, screens

HERE for Android was also relaunched last year, briefly as a Samsung exclusive before opening up to everyone. Naturally, it's been available for Windows Phones for some time now, but with Nokia now free of its phone division - which was purchased and absorbed by Microsoft - we're starting to see it branch out in an attempt to be recognized on larger smartphone platforms.



You can download HERE for iOS directly on your iPhone through the Apple App Store or by using the following link

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Price Free
Requirements iOS 6.1 or greater

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