Nokia Debuts “Here” Maps and Service, Also Available on Android

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  • 14 Nov 2012
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  • Windows Phone users may be happy with Nokia’s maps services in their back pocket, but what about the rest of us, iOS and Android users? Now there’s a solution for that, as Nokia has announced a cross platform map service called “Here”. This cloud-based service is targeted at PC, iOS, Android and Firefox OS users.

    Nokia partnered with Mozilla for this one, so the inclusion of Firefox OS among the supported platforms is explained that way. When the platform debuts, users will be able to use the system’s browser and access the HTML5-based Here service. On iOS you’ll get a full featured experience with a standalone app that supports offline map caching and voice navigation, among others.

    Android will get a Here SDK in 2013, that will allow Nokia developers to build Nokia content into their applications. However, we have no information about a standalone Android app for this purpose. Here will focus a lot on 3D content and Nokia intends to buy the company Earthmine for its 3D resources, apparently. The deal will be ready before the year is out and 2013 will certainly be an interesting year. In order to sum up the Here service, Nokia said it’s a “capture, compute, experience” system, based on cloud.

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