Application Overview Nokia HERE Maps for Android




In the category of mapping applications on the Android platform is the undisputed leader, of course, Google Maps. However, very soon this quiet life may come to an end, as is about to exit the application HERE expected from Nokia. We looked at the first beta version of the program and came to the conclusion that the fight will be serious.

Mapping service from Nokia has always been somewhat in the shadow for Android users due to the lack of appropriate mobile application. And absolutely nothing, because in the coverage and reliability of cards HERE Maps surpasses many competitors. Suffice it to say that they were using the world’s leading manufacturer of digital maps and geographic information systems Navtq. Currently HERE Maps covers 196 countries, including provides navigation service in 96 countries.

After Nokia has launched its own series of smartphones on Android, which contained the signature card, the question of the development of version HERE Maps for other devices was only a matter of time. And so it happened: the company has confirmed, and Network flowed first beta.

Nokia HERE Maps for Android Nokia HERE map

At the time of the initial application asks to register, but you will need it only if you plan to save your favorite places and routes. The main focus in the program window occupies area map, only the top there is a search bar, and the corners are a few small buttons.

Nokia HERE menu Nokia HERE Card

Use the menu, you can open the control panel program on which the toggle button in the navigation mode (“By car”), display a list of saved locations (“Collections”), switch to offline mode, access the settings. On the right side is another checking out the panel, making it possible to change the style of the map display. In general, the application provided information about the terrain seemed to me sufficiently detailed and accurate.

Nokia HERE navigation Nokia HERE navigation settings

Motorists will appreciate the navigation function, which is available both in the route, and in the browse mode. The application has the function of voice prompts, including in Russian, but the necessary files you need to load further. In the setting of car mode, you can set the system units, routing options, enable notification of speeding and so on.

Nokia HERE route Nokia HERE transport

If you do not drive a car, then Nokia HERE too you will find this very useful application. It can not only get directions when hiking walks, but also knows all about the movement of the local public transport. To do this, you only need to specify the purpose of your trip and the program immediately spit out all the possible options to achieve it with the amount of direct and stops.

Nokia HERE offline Nokia HERE to download maps

Finally we have in store for you a most enjoyable feature of the application Nokia HERE, which is likely to be the trump card in the fight with Google Maps. The fact that all of its features can be used without connecting to the Internet. To do this, in the menu you need to select “Load map”, and then specify your country. The cards have a rather big size, so care must be taken that there is sufficient space on the SD-card.

In general, the application Nokia HERE looks quite interesting and promising. Thanks to the versatile and up to date cartographic information, user-friendly interface and the presence of all necessary functions, it is quite capable to compete with Google Maps. And the ability to work offline can even tip the scales in the battle for the favor of users. The disadvantages are the lack of optimization and some “thoughtful” interface that will be felt especially on slower devices. However, do not forget that this is only a beta version.

Download and try yourself Nokia HERE beta can be here .


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