Nokia's HERE is a global leader in the mapping and location intelligence business. HERE maps can be found in four out of five cars in North America and Europe with integrated in-dash navigation. And while most Apple fans will prefer to stick with Apple Maps and enjoy it with CarPlay, there are many around the world that still prefer to run alternative mapping apps from Google and Nokia. HERE has a completely new maps app version available at the App Store today.
Nokia tells us that HERE for iOS is a completely different app from the one previously available on the App Store – because the old version was based on HTML5, it had limited features and it wasn't optimized for iOS. This time we're introducing an experience built for iOS from the ground up with the features and the polished feel that people rightly expect from their favourite map app.
With HERE for iOS you can store maps on your phone so that they're always available and you don't have to wait for them to load or be dependent on signal. They're not just highly reliable when you're in your area but they're particularly useful when travelling to avoid roaming charges.
You can save maps to your phone so that the whole HERE app can be put into 'offline mode' and it won't use any data. Even if your iPhone is in flight mode, you can still see where you are, search for places and navigate there on foot, by public transport or by car.
If you're interested trying out HERE, you could check out Nokia's "Getting started with HERE for iOS: The basics" here. You could also check out Counterpoints hands on review for added points that might interest you.
Considering that the HERE mapping service is available for the Samsung Gear smartwatch, stay tuned for an Apple Watch version in the coming year.