Nokia to Release Its Maps App for the iPhone
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.