صفحه Guardian.co.ukاین مقاله با عنوان “Nokia relaunches its HERE maps and navigation app for iOS” توسط استوارت لایروبی نوشته شده بود, for theguardian.com on Wednesday 11th March 2015 13.04 بر اساس UTC تنظیم

Nokia is relaunching its HERE maps and navigation application for iOS, after notching up 4m downloads of the Android version, که در ماه اکتبر راه اندازی 2014.

As on Android, the iOS app will be free to download and use when it launches later today (11 مارس), with its key selling point its ability to store maps for 118 countries on the device for offline use, saving on mobile network data charges.

Positioned as a rival to Google Maps – and on iOS, the preloaded Apple Maps application – HERE also includes offline turn-by-turn navigation features for drivers, public transport directions for pedestrians, and the ability to pull in live traffic data when online.

HERE was originally unveiled in 2012, initially as an exclusive app to Nokia’s own Windows Phone smartphones, although the plans to expand to Android and iOS was talked about from the start.

در واقع, HERE was released as a native iOS app in November 2012, before being removed from Apple’s App Store in December 2013 due to the company’s belief that – in a spokesperson’s words – “recent changes to iOS 7 harm the user experience”.

The app has since launched for Samsung Galaxy-branded Android smartphones در ماه آگوست 2014, before a beta version went live in the main Google Play Android app store that December.

The app came out of beta in February 2015, at which point it had been downloaded more than 3m times, although Nokia told the Guardian that it has added another 1m Android downloads in the month since then.

iOS is likely to provide a significant boost to that total, even if Nokia is unlikely to reach the 10m downloads in two days achieved by the standalone Google Maps app after its release for iOS in December 2012, shortly after Apple had removed the version preloaded on its devices.

در آوریل 2014, Microsoft bought Nokia’s devices and services business, with HERE remaining part of the company left behind in Finland as an independent entity.

While the consumer app is free to download and use, Nokia makes money from HERE through licensing deals for its data – for example for satellite navigation systems installed in cars, as well as to Microsoft.

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