Are you still feeling abandoned and bitter about Apple’s Maps app in iOS 6? It looks like Nokia’s newest offering might be the app you’re looking for to replace the features you miss. Dubbed Here, Nokia announced their plans on a blogpost this week:
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.
Nokia is planning to release an HTML5 based maps program for iOS, with public transit, walking, and driving directions. That sounds pretty good. Nokia has previously talked about their map system here, and while we won’t know how good it is until the app launches, it definitely appears that it might be a good choice for people not living in the USA. For some more information, look at this piece at the NYT.
As far as I’m concerned, the more the merrier when it comes to mapping apps.