News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday November 20, 2012.
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Nokia has released HERE Maps, its alternative map application for Apple iOS devices that offers directions for walking, driving, or taking public transit lines. The new app features detailed maps for nearly 200 countries and thousands of points of interests to explore while getting directions.
HERE Maps has many of the features that Nokia announced last week when the company rebranded its location products. The app has flat graphics that don't look as new as what consumers have seen from Google or Apple, but it includes caching of large map areas that enable offline use to save on data charges or deal with low coverage areas. Users can view maps by satellite, live traffic, or public transport lines. Turn-by-turn voice navigation is available only for walking, but directions are available by other modes.
HERE Maps syncs with Here.net, so members can create custom maps of areas on the desktop and then access them on their phone. Someone can create maps for the best shoe boutiques or restaurants and save them as a Collection that includes all the important locations. HERE Maps provides search history and suggestions, and sharing locations through email, text, or social networks.
Nokia has optimized HERE Maps for the iPhone 5, but it is compatible with any iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad running iOS 4.3 or later. HERE Maps is available for free in the App Store now.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.