After launching HERE app on Android last year, Nokia today is relaunching its maps and navigation app on iOS, the company announced today. Furthermore, Nokia also notes that HERE s Android client has garnered more than 4 million downloads since its launch in October 2014. Also Read - Huawei Maps in the works as company wants to reduce dependency on Google: ReportAlso Read - Nokia HERE Maps sold to Audi, BMW, and Daimler for $3 billion
The iOS app, much like HERE s Android counterpart, allows users to freely store maps for 118 countries on their smartphones for offline use. This is the app s USP, and sets it apart from Apple Maps and Google Maps among other competing apps. In addition, the HERE maps is also known for offline turn-by-turn navigation, a feature which is very popular among drivers and pedestrians. Also Read - Nokia HERE Maps to be sold to Audi, BMW, and Mercedes ‘within a few days’: WSJ
As we noted, the HERE maps app is being relaunched on iOS. The app was originally released for the Apple s mobile platform in 2012, but was later pulled due to compatibility issues with the then newly launched iOS 7 update.
The team also notes that HERE has been completely redesigned on the App Store from scratch. The previous version of the app was developed based on HTML5 — which as the team notes on a blog post — limited the features and wasn t optimized for the operating system. You can download the app from here. (It may take a while before becoming available on the App Store.)
A quick timeline
Here maps is part of Nokia’s mapping division that wasn t acquired by Microsoft. This gave Nokia the ability to bring its mapping service to platforms Microsoft might not have approved otherwise. In the last couple of months, the company introduced the app on different platforms — a move which has been well received by consumers.
August 2014: Nokia partners with Samsung to bring its mapping service to Samsung Galaxy smartphones and Tizen-based Samsung smartwatches.
October 2014: Nokia launches beta of HERE on Android on its website.
December 2014: Nokia launches the maps and navigation service on Google’s PlayStore.
January 2015: Nokia announces HERE has been downloaded more than 2.5 billion times.
February 2015: Nokia announces that HERE has been downloaded 3 million times.