Nokia Here Maps coming to Android exclusively with Samsung

Cesar Ian S. Fuentes – Fourth Estate Cooperative Tech Contributor

Helsinki, Finland (4E) – Nokia will be bringing its famed HERE Maps to Android ecosystem.

The Finnish brand has been under Microsoft’s umbrella after the long awaited acquisition. This made the Windows Phone-maker the official hardware arm of Microsoft’s mobile OS. HERE mapping service, on the other hand, is a feature-rich app that has been lauded by most of its users.

Today, Nokia is releasing a beta version of the app to Android exclusively to Samsung.

The mapping service is highlighted with the things that user could do in offline mode. The turn-by-turn navigation works without the need of internet connection. The app stores the downloaded cached maps of a specific city or country for future offline use.

Nokia’s effort to map the world has proven to be a compelling part of the multi-billion dollar deal. With advanced features like 3D rendering of cities and live traffic updates on its cap, the HERE map has become increasingly important for both Nokia and Microsoft. And Samsung knows how to read opportunities.

In the attempt to differentiate its brand to other Android manufacturers, the Korean giant has been making a series of bold gestures every now and then. It concertedly pushing its own Tizen platform in most of its smartwatches and the addition of HERE license could expand the software’s functionality.

Samsung’s own take of HERE will support the Glympse and Samsung Car Mode. Currently, the service supports almost 200 countries with public transit system updates to over 750 cities.

The Here maps for Samsung will be available in company’s Galaxy Apps store alongside Gear S launch in October.

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