Nokia Rebrands Maps as HERE, Coming to Other Platforms
Nokia today announced "HERE" as its new brand for mapping and location services and apps. Currently available through Microsoft platforms such as Windows Phone, Nokia will now be expanding with an app for Apple's iOS and an SDK for Android manufacturers to integrate the HERE map service into Android-based phones. The company also announced a partnership with Mozilla to bring HERE maps to Firefox OS. Furthermore, Nokia plans to acquire earthmine, a company specializing in 3D capture and processing. The HERE app for iOS is expected to be available in Apple's App Store in the coming weeks.
HERE Maps Updated for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone
Nokia today updated its HERE Maps products for the Android, iOS, and Windows Phone platforms simultaneously. Nokia says there are "millions of changes" to the maps, but calls out a few specifics.
MixRadio Expands to Android and iOS
MixRadio today made its customized radio service available to Android and iOS devices for the first time. Microsoft acquired MixRadio when it purchased Nokia's handset business, but later divested it to a messaging company called Line.
Here Maps to Ditch Windows Platforms
Here Maps today said it is dropping support for Windows 10 and Windows Phone. The company plans to pull all Here-branded mobile apps from the Windows Store by March 29, as the apps will cease working on handsets by June 30.
Audi, BMW, Daimler to Buy Nokia's HERE Maps
A consortium of three German automotive makers has agreed to purchase HERE Maps from Nokia for about $2.71 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal. Sources familiar with Nokia's plans say Audi, BMW, and Daimler (Mercedes) have fielded a winning bid for the mapping division, which Nokia put up for sale earlier this year.
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