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Nokia HERE Maps Expands to More Android Handsets

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Oct 21, 2014, 7:54 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @zeman_e

Nokia today announced its HERE Maps app is now available to a wider range of smartphones. The company offered HERE Maps only to Samsung handsets earlier this month. Now, most devices running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and up with 1GB of RAM can install and use HERE Maps. The app, which is being offered as a beta, cannot be found in the Google Play Store. Instead, anyone interested in using HERE Maps on their Android handset will need to download the app directly from Nokia's web site and sideload it onto their device. HERE Maps offers a number of compelling features. For example. HERE Maps allows users to download entire countries or regions, which makes the maps available even when the device is offline. Downloaded maps perform faster when panning and zooming since new segments don't need to be loaded from an internet connection. HERE Maps for Android devices include free, voice-guided, turn-by-turn directions. Users can plan routes via car, public transport, or foot. Live traffic updates and real-time transit schedules require a data connection. Nokia says maps are available for about 200 countries with turn-by-turn directions available in about 100. Transit maps are available in 750 metro areas across 40 different countries, with more being added all the time.

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TDBearCT

Oct 22, 2014, 7:53 AM

Not ready for prime time

Loaded on the phone I use daily for media streaming and GPS in my car.

Immediately after loading, Google Maps stopped working (dies with an exception on startup).

Turn commands are incomplete compared with Google Maps.

Directions to my office called for me to get back on the highway (the building borders the highway but is accessed from a nearby street).

Will be uninstalled immediately.
Anelsy

Oct 21, 2014, 11:34 AM

LOL!

Nokia Lumia 610 with Here maps 256mb ram
Nokia Lumia 520 with Here maps 512mb ram
Nokia X with android (AOSP) with Here maps 712mb(as I know)
Singular android phones need 1GB?!!!
redboy

Oct 21, 2014, 8:46 AM

beta version

I realize this is a Beta app. Works great on Galaxy S5. Have used on 2 trips, and on both the voice guided navigation takes me off the interstate and then right back on. Be sure to look at route before listening to voice and acting mindlessly
The best thing about this app is that you can download the maps, and therefore don't need to rely on a steady data connection to use it, if you're going through a place, like mountains, with no data coverage, or you're just worried about using up al...
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gfondeur

Oct 21, 2014, 8:29 AM

misinformation

It's still just available for the galaxy phones through the galaxy app store, and of course the lumias, if you have the link to where can be downloaded for any android phone let me know
This is not misinformation. I included the link with the story. See the "More at Nokia" link below the text? Click there and there's a big button on Nokia's web site that says "Download the App!"
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