Nokia reveals Here, cross platform maps service

Written by Russell Co. Posted in Internet, News, Software and Apps

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Published on November 14, 2012 with No Comments

Nokia revealed their next step in cartography with its newest cloud-based mapping service called “Here“. It will use Nokia’s already expansive map data and will work across multiple devices and platforms. Nokia also announced their partnership with Mozilla and acquired earthmine Inc., a 3D mapping company that produces StreetView like imaging. 

The HTML5 web-based app will work on any PC running IE, Firefox, or Chrome and Macs running Safari, Firefox, or Chrome, or mobile users running iOS 4+ and Android 2.2+. The company has already submitted a free iOS app to iTunes, pending approval. The iOS app will have voice-guided walk navigation, public transport directions, and like it’s Nokia Maps app, have offline capabilities. Nokia will also have a Here SDK for Android and a web version of Here for Firefox OS next year.

As it is a relatively new service, locally some data is still quite sparse though street names are complete. Directions are correct and they do mark where public transport is available. The interface is quite clean, though it does look a bit like Facebook due to the blue header that spans the page.