According to the latest report, Nokia has started providing free mapping service for Apple Play Store after the successful launch of the same service on Android devices which is free to download. The HERE offline maps are covering more than 150 countries, with navigation and search features. The service is immediately available for iOS operating systems such as iPhones and iPads. ” HERE for iOS is a completely different app than the old HTML5 version.” Nokia said. The company says that its app has been reworked from the ground up, with code optimized specifically for Apple’s mobile operating system.
Nokia’s HERE is one of the few global computerized road-map providers, with a long history of working with automotive companies and an 80 percent market share for embedded automotive maps. The HERE let its users to save mapping data to their devices from 100 countries, including the UK, US, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Canada, Brazil and Australia, for offline use.
Nokia says that more than 4 million users have downloaded HERE apps since its launch on Android last year. The maps, a fixed feature on windows phone, contain real-time traffic information for than 40 countries, global voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation and quick comparisons between driving, public transport and walking routes for trip planning. However, the service supports cross-device syncing, meaning the users could save a point of interest on their iPhone and later retrieve the information on iPad.
Previously, Nokia HERE Maps was made available on Android devices across 118 countries. The Here Maps was only available on Windows Phone 8 devices and to Android devices in some countries, but after the handset business coming under Microsoft’s control, Nokia is concentrating to expand the reach of its HERE Maps.
With the launch of here maps on both Android and iOS platform, Nokia will be competing directly against Google Maps. The HERE comes in at 60.4MB and can be downloaded for free from the iOS App Store.