Nokia’s free map and navigation apps now available for more Windows Phones

Nokia’s free map and navigation apps now available for more Windows Phones

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Getting from A to Z with your Windows Phone just got easier. Nokia today announced that its innovative collection of map and navigation apps—HERE Maps, HERE Drive Beta, and HERE Transit—are now available to all Windows Phone 8 users in Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, the U.K., and U.S. The apps were formerly available only to Nokia phones. You can download the collection from the Windows Phone Store starting later today by following the links.

If you’re new to these handy apps, here’s a quick rundown of what they offer. And don’t miss all the other news Nokia announced today at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

HERE Maps

HERE mapsHERE Maps

HERE Maps makes getting around easier than ever, with detailed mapping on or offline, and reliable, turn-by-turn navigation in over 90 countries. A new compass shows you which direction you’re facing, and also lets you choose an angled view of your surroundings. You get expanded maps of building interiors around the world – airports, shopping malls, stadiums and more. And you can always save your favorite places for easy reference later.

HERE Drive Beta  

HERE Drive BetaHERE Drive Beta

HERE Drive Beta syncs with the other HERE apps to give you the best turn-by-turn voice guidance available wherever you’re going, even when you’re offline. Customize your drive for a faster, shorter, or more economical route, and adjust settings to avoid things like traffic and toll roads. Then, customize map layers to see relevant places all along the way, from restaurants and gas stations to local points of interest. Text-to-speech means you’ll never have to look down to know which street you’re turning on, and audible speed limit alerts might save you a ticket.  

(Traveling abroad in a country other than the United States, the UK, Canada, Mexico, Italy, Germany, Spain or France? Look for upgrade options when HERE Drive comes out of beta.) 

HERE Transit

HERE TransitHERE Transit

HERE Transit takes the confusion out of hopping the bus, train, tram, or ferry. Tap to see stations and stops nearest you on the map, then tap again for departure times. All your favorites from HERE Drive and HERE Maps are accessible, so getting to your favorite restaurant or shop is easy. And because all the HERE apps are synced, moving between types of navigation—from finding a location to transit directions to walking navigation—happens in just a tap or two.

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  • I have a Nokia Lumia 928, and I can't figure out how to set up HERE to avoid traffic during routing.  Any ideas, or is this not implemented yet?

  • bjj
    0 Posts

    Will the HERE collection become available for other windows 8 phones within Australia, I'm sure people would be happy too pay a premium for them. If not free I'd gladly pay $20-$30 for the app.

  • Error 805a0194 when trying to download with my lumina 822

  • No 7.5 or 7.8 love. Come on

  • haikus
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    Hi everyone, this is Pino from the HERE team at Nokia. I would like to answer some of your questions.

    Yes, you need a local SIM to use HERE Maps, HERE Drive and HERE Transit on e.g. your HTC 8X or Samsung Ativ S.

    This is a WP8 exclusive offer, because it can only work on the HERE platform which is powering the location experience of this OS.

    We are working on ways to extend this offer also to additional markets but we haven't made any announcement yet.

    HERE Drive Beta comes with a regional license, but when it will exit the beta stage, you will be also given the opportunity to upgrade to a global navigation license.

    Follow @heremaps on Twitter for more news on this topic.

  • Why only for WP8 ????

    In October 2011 Nokia gave the following statement at Nokia World Congress:

    The two companies said that Nokia Maps would not be exclusive to Nokia devices and that was confirmed at Nokia World. People with HTC, Samsung, LG, and other Windows Phone devices should see Nokia Maps appearing in the Windows Phone Marketplace within the next couple of weeks as a free software application.

    (www.zdnet.com/.../6826)

    Within the next couple of weeks (should be November 2011) !!!!!

    Not February 2013 for WP8 only!!!!

    Even Android has e.g. Nokia Here.

    I use WP since the first Version with my HTC HD 7, but your announcements make me more and more sad :(

    Where are the promissed features from WP8 in WP 7.8??

    The new tiles look great ... but that's all ???  :'-(

    You have a lot of great and unique features for the WP platform, but please please please don't promise that these features will be available in the next weeks for all customers everytime ... and than badly disappoint us!

    Same thing with Surface ... still waiting that the pro version is finally available in germany (promissed 3 months after W8 Launch) ... and waiting and waiting and waiting ...

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  • Here?... Worst naming ever! They must change it back, or find a better name now!!! This is not going to work!!

  • dachu02
    4 Posts

    When this apps will be available in other countries?

  • I hope they soon will be available for all the other European country's too.

  • Rik
    0 Posts

    Great apps! Thanks for the headsup!

  • Brown19
    0 Posts

    Loaded the app and it seems to work fine for travel within Canada.  I live near the US border, though, and it says that I am unlicensed to use the maps for Michigan.  So, it becomes quickly an app that is not worth it.  Hope that changes, it seems to work very well.

  • Please please I want all Nokia apps on my 7.8 Samsung omnia w and specially that Bluetooth file transfer app.....i  love WP..

  • c88lman
    0 Posts

    Any SIM restrictions as it was with Nokia Drive beta ?