Nokia’s mapping service, rebranded has “Here” earlier this month, has hit the App Store in the form of an iOS app with features that Nokia hopes will rival the native iOS 6 Maps app.
To the disappointment of many, the app is based on HTML5 technologies, unlike the iOS 6 maps app, which is completely native. While Nokia benefits from the use of cross-compatible HTML5 technologies, performance isn’t as snappy as the vector based iOS 6 Maps app.
To its credit, Nokia does have a lot of experience in mapping, largely due to its acquisition of Navteq. In Here Maps’ App Store description, Nokia touts following features of the app:
• Map views – Pick the map you need from map view, live traffic view, public transport line view or satellite view
• Save map areas & wander without data coverage
• In selected countries, access community maps created and updated by users
• Maps, search and place coverage for nearly 200 countries
• Search with history and suggestions
• Share places with just a tap, including the location and how to get there, over SMS, email, or social networks
• Organize places you love into Collections
• Sign in to HERE Maps with your Nokia Account or Facebook login
• Sync with Here.net – Access your Collections anywhere
• Step-by-Step voice-guided walk navigation
• Walk navigation through pedestrian routes, parks, alleyways, and more
• Public transportation and driving directions
While iOS 6 users eagerly await for Google’s mapping solution to arrive as a native app on the App Store, Here Maps seems like another solution that you can try in the meantime. Here Maps for iOS can be downloaded by heading over to this App Store link.
The app is very rough around the edges, and doesn’t seem to have great satellite imagery either. How does it fare around your place of residence?