Nokia, the Finnish company now owned by Microsoft, has released a beta version of its own Here maps application for the Android users.
Recommended Settings and Specs
In order to use the Here maps from Nokia, you must possess an Android handset running on 4.1 Jelly Bean version or higher. Additionally, Nokia suggests that your handset has 1 GB RAM or preferably more and a display with screen size of 4 to 6 inches. The company tests all devices, but those are the preferred specs.
Not Available in Google Play
At the beginning, the beta version is not available in Google Play Store. Instead, users must download the application from the official website of Nokia. From there, they load the app on to their compatible Android smartphones. The idea is that Nokia wants to get feedback, suggestions and criticism from developers, as well as bug reports, before it releases the app into the Play Store. The map application is currently in beta testing. One of the reported bugs is that cache cleaners for Android handsets remove navigation voices in the applications. That is one of the fixes Nokia must address before it launches the app officially into the Play Store.
Features of Here Maps
Some of the features that Here Maps bring to the table are the following.
– Offline navigation – making it possible to save the map, and then use it even though you are not connected to the internet. You get interactive maps and voice guidance for every turn you make
– Offline maps – there are currently more than 100 countries saved for offline maps
– Public transport maps – the application offers maps for public transport and directions for more than 800 cities in the world, including 40 countries with offline support
– Live traffic information – this feature is available in 40 countries
– Map personalization – users can make a collection with their favorite places around the Globe. This way, they can make a map of the world with the places they like to visit, or have visited.
When Will It Come to iOS?
At the moment, there is no indication or any information whether Here Maps will be available for the iOS users in the near future. However, it is worth noting that the app was actually available for the iOS users back in 2012. Sadly, changes in the iOS 7 were troublesome and brought harmful experience for users. Therefore, Nokia decided to pull back the application.