We reported yesterday on Nokia’s plans to launch HERE maps in Samsung’s Tizen-powered smartwatches. Predictably, HERE maps announced its entry into the wearable segment with the newly-launched Samsung Gear S. The HERE maps service will be available on the smartwatch with an app called Navigator that offers turn-by-turn walk navigation and public transit routing. Also Read - Huawei Maps in the works as company wants to reduce dependency on Google: Report
The most unique feature is that HERE maps will work even without an Internet connection. Unlike Google Maps, which requires GPS and Internet, HERE allows you to download your desired region over Wi-Fi and then navigate for free sans the data connection. HERE maps covers around 200 countries, though turn-by-turn directions is only available for 100 of those. Another interesting feature is that HERE also provides live traffic information for about 750 cities across 40 countries. Also Read - Samsung granted 187 patents including a portable speaker and a possible smartwatch
Apart from the Navigator app, Nokia has also developed a new app called HERE (beta) compatible with all the devices in the Samsung Galaxy family. Also Read - Samsung Gear S4 might include a watch strap with integrated battery
“We believe that maps and location-related functionality are essential for any operating system. HERE aims to deliver fresh maps, platform services and location cloud experiences to as many people and businesses as possible, independent of the device and operating system they are using,” said Sean Fernback, Senior Vice President of HERE, in a statement.
The new app will be rolled out when the Gear S watch hits global markets from October onwards.