Nokia's HERE Maps App Rolled Out to Android (as a Beta)
Article by George Norman
On 22 Oct 2014
HERE, Nokia’s powerful mapping software that was formerly known as Ovi Maps and Nokia Maps, is now available for Android-powered smartphones.

At the start of the month, the HERE team announced that HERE for Android was rolled out as a Beta on Samsung Galaxy Apps (the app store that used to be called Samsung Apps).
Earlier this week, the HERE team announced that HERE for Android has been made immediately available for all Android users who have a compatible smartphone.

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Back in November 2012, HERE announced that it decided to open up its location platform to all operating systems – including Google’s Android mobile operating system. The goal here was to give everyone access to HERE.

Skip ahead a couple of years to October 2014 – this is when HERE rolled out a Beta version for Android-powered smartphones.

At the start of the month, HERE announced that HERE for Android is available for download from Samsung’s app store, Samsung Galaxy Apps. Instructions on how to get started with HERE for Android accompanied the announcement. Info about compatibility also accompanied the announcement: to run the Beta version of HERE on your Android, you must have a smartphone that runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean or newer, at least 1 GB or RAM, screen size between 4.5″ and 6.9″, and access to Samsung Galaxy Apps.

Get Here for Android Beta from Samsung Galaxy Apps.

Earlier this week, on Tuesday to be more precise, HERE announced that due to popular demand, it made HERE for Android immediately available for every Android user who has a compatible device. A compatible device must meet the compatibility requirements mentioned above: Jelly Bean or newer, 1GB of RAM or more, screen size between four and six inches. The announcement was accompanied by detailed instructions on how to install HERE on an Android smartphone.

Get Here for Android Beta directly from HERE.com.

HERE for Android – Main Features
  • Maps – maps for nearly 100 countries are available; said maps can be downloaded and used offline.
  • Public transport – maps and directions for more than 800 cities in over 40 countries are available; public transport maps and directions are also available offline.
  • Offline navigation – interactive maps and turn-by-turn voice guidance are available when you’re offline.
  • Beta.here.com – go to beta.here.com to plan your next journey.
  • Collections – take your favorite places and create Collections; use Collections to personalize your map.
  • Share – via Glympse, you can share your location with others in real time.


Additional info on HERE is available on here.com and 360.here.com.

Update, December 15, 2014: HERE for Android has been rolled out to Google Play.




Tags: Google, Android, Samsung, Samsung Galaxy Apps, Nokia, HERE, app, maps, Beta
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