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Nokia HERE Maps app comes to iOS

updated 11:11 am EST, Tue November 20, 2012

Includes offline mapping, public transportation

As promised, Nokia has released a native HERE Maps app for iOS. The app uses NAVTEQ data, and attempts to fill in some of the gaps left by the absence of Google Maps in iOS 6. This comes mainly in the form of offering pedestrian and public transportation directions in addition to driving, including even a line view for buses and trains. Pedestrian trips can be voice-guided, but there is no turn-by-turn driving option.

Maps are available for just under 200 countries. As users browse locations, the app will automatically pop up nearby points of interest; these and any POIs found through search can be saved to a Collection, which can be synced with, and/or shared via email, SMS, and social networks.

HERE Maps also includes traffic and satellite views. Another distinguishing feature from iOS 6's built-in Maps app is the ability to save regions for offline navigation, mimicking an equivalent option in Android; the selected area determines the level of detail however, unlike Android, which includes full details for each selection.

The Nokia app is a free download. Native iPad and iPhone interfaces are included, and the app requires just iOS 4.3 or later.

by MacNN Staff



  1. ZinkDifferent

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    Joined: 01-07-05

    .... and in the US at least, it is so far much worse than Apple Maps is alleged to be.

    Many of the business' or locations are in the wrong locations, or named incorrectly.

    I bet there'll be no talking about that, though.

  1. Spheric Harlot

    Clinically Insane

    Joined: 11-07-99

    Steve never would have let it ship.

  1. Yokohama3021

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    Joined: 02-22-12

    These maps are worse then Apple's in Japan. It would be so great if Apple put a switch in to select maps used across its apps just like the search engine switch for Safari. Then we would see some real competition as those user numbers would really tell the story. It is hard to understand why Apple is ignoring the maps in Japan. Only Google and local GPS's work well.

  1. FreeRange

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    Joined: 07-03-09

    I'm an expat living in China. I downloaded Here and it is absolutely horrible, while Apple Maps is brilliant. The GPS locator is several hundred yards off. The streets are listed in Pinyin only, no Chinese characters making it useless to foreigners traveling in China. Live traffic view doesn't work. The majority of side streets are NOT identified. There is virtually NO detail to the maps in naming locations, points of interest, key buildings, etc. Oh, but bus stops are marked, but with no bus info. Bottom line, its an overhyped worthless POS, at least in China.

    Meanwhile, Apple maps is absolutely brilliant here and has a significant amount of data built in for POI, key buildings, side streets, restaurants, hotels, etc. It also has all names in Chinese characters and pinyin which is critical for foreigners to be able to get around if you don't speak or read the language, especially when asking for directions or taking taxis.

    Great job Apple. Nokia, not at all.

    This app is "Here"-by deleted.

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