After the release of Nokia’s latest Lumia 820 and 920 smartphone, most probably this is the biggest surprise that Nokia has to offer. Nokia just announced its brand new location service based app which is being called “Here Maps”.
The Finnish mobile phone giant claimed that this Map will work with all the devices and operating system. Whether you are using and Android based device or iOS, in fact you can even think of some wired Firefox OS based device, it works everywhere.
While developing this app, Nokia used HTML5 technology which is one of the most important reasons behind its support for wide range of device and platform. So the bottom line is, if you have any device that supports HTML5 technology, you can expect HERE Maps to be usable on that very device.
As we all know by now, the absence of default Maps application on iOS devices caused huge outrage against Apple, which used to be Google Maps before. With the release of iOS 6, Apple tried to introduce their version of mapping app which remained controversial. Even Apple’s CEO Tim Cook’s open letter didn’t ease the pain of many loyal iOS device users. So, it’s Nokia which is taking this great opportunity to sneak into this battle with Google and Microsoft.
Nokia is taking the iOS platform very seriously and they are working hard to bring something new for Map users. Part of their initiative is to introduce some exciting new features. One of such feature will be to give the users an option to save the map of an area that they can access without any internet connection in advance. This saved map can be used later on up to 4 different zoom levels. Another feature is, dedicated voice guided turn-by-turn walk navigation. Down alleyways, pedestrian routes, through parks you name it. Listen more than looking at your phone, which is the deal here.
Back in July, we reported on the possible arrival of another mobile OS from Mozilla which is being called as Firefox OS. After the initial release of HERE Maps, Nokia promises to work with Mozilla and to introduce their app for Firefox OS as well.
Andorid users don’t need to be disappointed on this regard. Nokia just introduced their Maps API for Android and will be available anytime soon. Users will be able to interact with 3D buildings, preview their routes in details along with searching specific buildings. Here is a little video demonstration of HERE Maps on an Android device.
An web version of this app is already available in online which you access from here.net.