Nokia Launches Free Maps App with Offline Mode and Transit Directions for iOS

If you have an iPhone 5 and you think that Maps sucks like my wife does, you have an new alternative. Nokia has launched a mapping service called HERE:

“People want great maps, and with HERE we can bring together Nokia’s location offering to deliver people a better way to explore, discover and share their world,” said Nokia President and CEO Stephen Elop. “Additionally, with HERE we can extend our 20 years of location expertise to new devices and operating systems that reach beyond Nokia. As a result, we believe that more people benefit from and contribute to our leading mapping and location service.”

To further extend its location services, Nokia is launching a maps application for iOS under the HERE brand. Based on HTML5, it will include offline capabilities, voice-guided walk navigation, and public transport directions. The application is scheduled to be available for free download from Apple’s App Store in the coming weeks.

Okay. So it has turn by turn navigation, but only on foot. Well, that’s something. There’s other partnerships that are part of this announcement. Partnerships with Mozilla for mapping in Firefox OS, a reference app for Android developers, an acquisition of California company earthmine to help with 3D mapping, and new LiveSight 3D mapping technology were announced as well.

Hopefully this is the start of improved mapping for iOS. God knows that iOS users really need good mapping on their iPhones.


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