There’s been an exciting announcement for Samsung users as the smartphone giant has signed an agreement to bring Nokia’s HERE mapping service to its devices.
The agreement will use a free test of beta version of an Android app for Nokia’s HERE Maps (originally known as Nokia Maps), which is also used by Amazon, Yahoo and Garmin, on Samsung’s handsets.
Nokia HERE Maps, which provides data for Microsoft’s Bing search engine, offers turn-by-turn navigation, as well as tourist information and public transport details in 190 countries. One feature that really stands out is the fact that maps can be downloaded, meaning that if you need to use them in an area where you won’t be able to get online, you can still access the map. Handy for the rural explorer.
Another feature that puts Nokia HERE Maps above the rest is Glympse. This allows the user to tell a friend instantly where he or she is by sharing their location, and it doesn’t matter where you are. You could literally be on the other side of the world and you could use the feature.
For those who hate nothing more than having to fiddle about, pressing buttons while you are trying to drive, the app works with Samsung Car Mode. This will only allow a certain number of features to work while you are driving, making it easier for you to concentrate on the journey.
The app will be available for free on Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones once the Samsung Gear S smartwatch is available in stores.