HERE Maps Officially Lands on Google Play as Beta

HERE Maps Officially Lands on Google Play as Beta

Dec 11, 2014

We’ve been pretty pleased with Nokia’s HERE Maps; the navigation software is generally regarded as the best utility outside (and, maybe, for some folks, even including) Google Maps.

Now, HERE is available for compatible devices directly from Google Play.

Listed as a beta, it offers the things we have come to love from HERE, things like offline functionality and voice navigation. Per the app page:

• Always know where you’re going: Turn-by-turn drive and walk voice guidance even without an Internet connection.
• Maps that always work for you: Interactive maps of more than 100 countries that you can save and continue to use offline.
• Choose the fastest transport option: Integrated public transport maps, directions and information for more than 800 cities in more than 40 countries.
• Avoid delays: Real-time traffic and road closure information in more than 40 countries around the world.
• Plan trips before you go: Personalise maps from your phone or here.com and store all the places you’d like see for when you get there.
• Meet friends here and there: Glympse lets you share your location and what time you’ll get there by SMS or email.

HERE is available for free.

[Source: HERE Maps Blogs via Androidcentral]

Samsung Galaxy Phones getting Nokia’s HERE Maps

Samsung Galaxy Phones getting Nokia’s HERE Maps

Aug 29, 2014

In the world of mobile mapping, Nokia’s HERE is probably the most well-regarded outside Google Maps; it is a well-designed application that brings value o devices it resides on. Now, select Android users can enjoy a new beta version.

More specifically, Samsung is taking advantage of a licensing deal and bringing HERE to Galaxy device users. HERE will offer offline functionality, walking, driving and public transportation options, Glympse compatibility in addition to standard turn-by-turn directions in supported locales.

Additionally, the app will pair with the upcoming Samsung Gear S Smartwatch.

For now, the announcement notes the program will be available for Galaxy devices; no specific Galaxy devices are explicitly excluded just yet.

According to Three Sixty, the official HERE blog, HERE will be available when the Samsung Gear S formally hits stores.

As noted, it is a free offering; no word on whether the app will find its way to other Android devices in the future.

[Source: Three Sixty HERE Blog via TechChrunch]