Nokia's Here Maps arrives on Android

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Jon Fingas
December 10, 2014 1:37 PM
Nokia's Here Maps arrives on Android

If you've been looking for a big-name alternative to Google Maps on your Android phone, your moment has come. After weeks of testing, Nokia has officially released Here Maps on Google Play. The experience will be familiar if you sideloaded earlier versions. While it's not as multi-talented as Google Maps, its simple interface specializes in navigation (especially driving) and offline mapping -- this may be ideal for trips abroad where cellular data isn't guaranteed. The biggest additions with the Google Play edition are support for 18 new countries and some bug fixes.

As for other platforms? Here's web version has a new design with a focused traffic view and updated search. However, iOS users hoping for a revamped app won't be happy -- Here Maps now won't return to Apple's platform until sometime in early 2015. All the same, it's evident that Nokia is determined to become the go-to option when your device's stock navigation tools just don't cut it.

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