Nokia to Release Its Maps App for the iPhone

Posted November 13, 2012 at 6:21pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 12830 views

Nokia has announced that it will release its Maps application for the iPhone, reports The Verge.

The company made the announcement at an event in San Francisco where it also announced an expansion to the platform which brings Street View style features (thanks to the acquisition of EarthMine) and a rebranding of the platform as 'Here'.

Nokia has confirmed that it will be extending the service beyond Windows Phone platform with dedicated apps for iPhone, Android, and Mozilla's Firefox OS. The iOS app will offer turn-by-turn directions, public transportation information, and will be available "soon," pending approval by Apple. The company will also be offering Android developers access to a dedicated SDK, allowing them to integrate the service with the full array of features and POI information. Details regarding the platform's support for Mozilla's forthcoming Firefox OS, on the other hand, are sparse.

From the announcement:

To further extend its location services, Nokia is launching a maps application for iOS under the HERE brand. Based on HTML5, it will include offline capabilities, voice-guided walk navigation, and public transport directions. The application is scheduled to be available for free download from Apple's App Store in the coming weeks.

Nokia further announced a strategic partnership with Mozilla to bring new location experiences to the Firefox OS. Nokia plans to debut a mobile Web version of HERE Maps for the new Firefox OS next year. The companies are working together to give people the best mapping experience on Firefox OS.

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odedo1 - November 15, 2012 at 9:16pm
you forgot to say that Apple had no push and I helped building Waze when they started and still a great App also igo is a great 3D gps map program but it's not cheap.
Moron police - November 14, 2012 at 12:57am
Nokia owns navteq maps, without doubt, the best maps in the world! The best gps systems use it, not the teleatlas shite TomTom uses, ie ios6 maps. So don't be so bloody ignorant with your comments- you morons!
Copperhead - November 15, 2012 at 3:37pm
Hey You Moron, ya you.. Nobody can make better maps than google. Also no one can use street view because google owns it. And Google is not stupid enough to license it out since Google has a good grip on maps, not to mention they are the best in search engine. - so please stop trying to be a rent a cop and pay attention to the retard words you are saying, dumb ass.
Rahim Habib - November 14, 2012 at 12:24am
So on windows phones the Nokia Maps app is only available on the Nokia phones, and they will give it for free on iOS??? Hummmmm
No Ma'am - November 13, 2012 at 9:57pm
Nokia is the worst company. They don't give a crap about their customers. If this map app is any sort of reflection of their phone products and. Us timer service, then it will be crap.
Chris - November 13, 2012 at 8:34pm
I still think Google maps (hopefully and once it is re-releases on the App Store) will dominate once again. I do like the apple maps app but I like the overall look of the street and labels in the interface much better since its easier to tell which street is which while zoomed out.
John - November 14, 2012 at 1:25am
Google maps on the iPhone was crap. It was also crippled by Google by not allowing anyone to use their API while on the iPhone. That's the reason it never had turn by turn nav. The only reason why people are crying its because its not there any longer. It's the same as when Apple acquire the developers of Siri and when they took the app away to pave the way for Siri integration in iOS people were outraged. All of the sudden every iPhone user was using that app for everything before Apple discontinued it. Apple's maps isn't as bad as people are crying it is. It isn't perfect but it is functional. Nokia maps will be a good addition for those looking for the features iOS 6 maps doesn't have. I have a Nokia Lumia 900 and an iPhone 5 and the maps on the Nokia is pretty good.
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