Nokia Maps for Android, iOS Supports Offline Mode
Nokia has updated the HTML5 web app version of Nokia Maps for the Android and iOS platforms. When accessed from the browser, Android and iOS users can now use Nokia Maps even when offline, though it requires users to plan ahead by downloading and saving maps before the connection is lost. Nokia imagines this will help reduce data roaming charges. Nokia has also updated the points of interest available within Nokia Maps for Android and iOS devices with a greater selection. Last, the web app provides public transportation directions, as well. Android and iOS device users need only point their browser to m.maps.nokia.com to use the new HTML5 web app.
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.
Google Maps Now Available Offline
Google today said Maps can now be used without an active internet connection. People can download maps for cities, counties, and even entire countries so routing and basic navigation tools will function when there's a poor connection or no connection at all.
Send Places from Google Maps to Your iPhone
Google recently provided an update to its Maps app for iOS that adds the ability to send places from Maps on a desktop to an iPhone. The feature, which has been available to Android phones for several months, requires iPhone owners to enable notifications for Maps.
Google Cleans Up Maps UI
Google today rolled out a fresh version of Maps for Android, iOS, and the web with a cleaner user interface. Google says it eliminated unnecessary UI elements, such a road outlines, while simplifying the typography for street names, points of interest, and more.
Google Maps Gains New Offline/Roaming Powers
Google today launched two new features for Google Maps for Android: a Wi-Fi Only mode, and the option to store offline map data on removable memory cards. Together, the two features are especially useful for those traveling overseas, where data roaming is expensive.