Nokia to Launch Free Maps App with Offline Mode and Transit Directions for iOS

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Nokia today announced an expansion of its mapping services, launching a new "HERE" brand for the products and announcing that it will be introducing a new iOS mapping app in the coming weeks.
    The initiative also includes a partnership with Mozilla for mapping in Firefox OS, a reference app for Android developers, acquisition of California company earthmine to help with 3D mapping, and new LiveSight 3D mapping technology.

    The New York Times has more on why Nokia has chosen to open up its mapping platform even as it seeks to differentiate its Lumia smartphones in the market.
    Apple has been working to improve its in-house Maps app launched as part of iOS 6, following significant criticism of the app's features and accuracy. In an open letter addressing mapping issues, Apple CEO Tim Cook pointed to the web version of Nokia's maps as an alternative for users unhappy with the performance of Apple's own app.

    Article Link: Nokia to Launch Free Maps App with Offline Mode and Transit Directions for iOS
  2. macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    More info on how Nokia has a ton of data coming in from their deal with UPS and FedEx.
  3. macrumors 68030


    Mar 16, 2012
    Manchester, UK
  4. macrumors newbie

    Feb 11, 2008

    Just got a Nokia 920. The maps on this thing are sweet. :D
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 23, 2011
    Leeds, UK
    I've tried Nokia's maps before, they're worse than Apple's! I'm also not excited at the prospect of another HTML maps app, bring on native Google!


    Really? Is the POI data any good? It's awful round here :(
  6. macrumors newbie

    Feb 11, 2008
    This sucker can tell how fast I'm going in the car and knows the speed limit of the street!
  7. macrumors 601

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy part of the Pacific NW
    Huh. I know Nokia's been doing maps for a long time, but given the current climate at the company I assumed its mapping efforts would be for Windows phones only.

    In this case, it's nice to be wrong! The more competition, the better.
  8. macrumors regular

    Nov 9, 2006
    Pretty good way to strike back at MS for making an HTC phone their flagship.
  9. macrumors newbie

    Jul 23, 2012
    google suckered you all

    think back to last week's PR spin from google saying they didn't think their map app would be approved and this announcement by Noika.

    Google suckered the majority of you into negatively commenting on apple's policies and practices when in reality they were really trying to cover up for the fact that they had months to prepare a new maps app for IOS and couldn't be bothered to devote adequate resources to it and/or wanted to see Apple squirm.

    Please try to remember this lesson for the future and learn to be able to recognize blatant PR dirty tricks / bull crap when you see it.
  10. macrumors regular


    Apr 24, 2007
    Manchester, UK
    Whilst I'm not too keen on Nokia's visual style for their maps, they have a decent data set and offline maps is always good (if you're travelling in rural areas with little to no signal then it's an absolute god send.)

    If nothing else, competition. :D
  11. Stella, Nov 13, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2012

    macrumors 604


    Apr 21, 2003
    Nokia maps were great, so I'm looking forward to this.

    Nokia Maps uses Navteq ( nokia owns Navteq ) which is also used by Navigon / Garmin so its a great data set.

    Could be a great competitor to currently paid for navigation apps, especially if its free.
  12. macrumors 68020


    Mar 22, 2004
    The Great White North
    A bit surprising, IMO, considering the fact that Nokia will lose some of the advantage its phones could have over the iPhone by making this available for the iPhone. What's next, FaceTime, iCloud and Siri for Android, all supplied by Apple?

    Nice to have the maps available even when offline.

    I think I will check this out when more details become available.
  13. macrumors 601


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
    I think Street View is what I miss the most of Google Maps. With Google Maps out of the picture, I am more open to mapping products from other vendors including the hated Apple maps.
  14. macrumors 6502

    Aug 8, 2012
    Dear Google,

    When a main competitor makes an a** out of themselves - this is how you scramble...
  15. macrumors 68030


    Dec 28, 2007
    PHX, AZ.
    The 8X is hardly their flagship phone. It is one of 5 models.
    More U.S. carriers have the 8X variant because Nokia made an exclusivity deal for the 920 with AT&T.
    That was Nokia's call, not Microsoft's.
    The 920 is still the featured phone on MS website for WP 8 devices.
  16. macrumors 68000


    Jun 8, 2009
    What's needed here is an app that searches all of the map databases (Apple's, Google, Nokia etc.) and plot the consensus position of POI's. Indeed, if mobile phone manufacturers were smart they would fund pre-competitive collaborations to combine map data into one database they all can use.
  17. macrumors newbie

    Sep 13, 2012

    "we can extend our 20 years of location expertise"

    Don't remember a nokia phone back in 1992 that had maps
    Nokia + Microsoft = Fail

    Use tango on your iPhones and keep your unlimited plans
  18. macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Competition against the google maps monopoly is good.
  19. macrumors 68030

    Dec 17, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    Word is they hired Scott Forstall to lead their new mapping efforts-
  20. macrumors 68020


    Apr 17, 2010
    my only beef with maps on the 920 is that it doesn't speek the street names. It will say "get on the highway" or "take the exit" which is kind of a nice simulation to having a passenger navigate, but sometimes I need to know the street names and I can't be staring at the screen.

    That being said, as far as accuracy and telling you to turn with enough time to actually react and not cause an accident- yeah maps on the 920 rule hard. As far as using them as a GPS I think the experience is nicer than google, although the data is probably not as accurate. POI's seem to be ok where I am.
  21. macrumors 68030


    May 30, 2002
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    THIS is the company Apple should've dealt with in the first place. the pricing would've also been favorable as well.

    Navteq has THE WORLDS BEST mapping solution bar none. and its been proven in 3 OS over the past 6years: S60, UIQ, and recently with Windows Phone 7/7.5/8. It even features breadcrumbs on E71/E66/N95/N97, etc etc ... something even Google Maps doesn't feature on any platform.
  22. macrumors demi-god


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA
    I'm so sorry for being a sucker, as you point out. Can you forgive me? Please!!

    I feel well and properly chastised by your gentle and well intended post. I know you are just trying to help us stupid suckers. You have taken some of your time to help us suckers.Thank you, thank you.

    I'll try not to be sucked in by those subtle PR tricks identifiable only by you, oh perspicacious one.

    I promise, I have learned my lesson.

  23. macrumors member

    Apr 18, 2010
    Nokia owns NAVTEQ, bro.
  24. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 31, 2011
    Miami, FL
    Nokia maps is pretty good. I remember the Nokia Nuron. It had Nokia maps and GPS which worked offline, no cell signal required since it used GPS satellites.
  25. macrumors regular

    Sep 18, 2007
    Apple Maps still poor

    Ha! "Apple has been working to improve its in-house Maps app launched as part of iOS 6, following significant criticism of the app's features and accuracy." Not round here it isn't. Can't find Earls Court Exhibition centre (one of the biggest in London), is useless for finding almost any address, and satellite imagery coverage is still dire. There's no way that it's going to get any better without spending some serious money and acquiring the info/data. Waiting for us to do it is just going to annoy more and more people - and annoy some onto other platforms. Grrrr. Halfbaked Fail. :mad:

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