Nokia is relaunching its HERE maps and navigation application for iOS, after notching up 4m downloads of the Android version, which launched in October 2014.
As on Android, the iOS app will be free to download and use when it launches later today (11 March), 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, Qalong hoo e leng app e khethehileng ho Phone smartphone Nokia ka boeena Windows, le hoja e rerile ho atolosa ho Android le iOS ile a bua ka ho tloha qalong.
Ka 'Nete, MONA ne lokolloa e le letsoalloa iOS app e ka November 2012, pele ba tlosoa App Store Apple ka December 2013 ka lebaka la ho lumela khampani eo - ka mantsoe a e 'muelli oa - "Liphetoho tsa morao tjena ho iOS 7 ntša kotsi mosebedisi hlaheloa ke ".
app e sa na ho tloha ka thakholoa bakeng Samsung Galaxy-le diselefounu tsa li-smartphone Android ka August 2014, pele phetolelo tsa beta qala ho phela ka sehloohong e buuoang Google Play Android App Store hore December.
app e sa tsoileng tsa beta ka February 2015, eo supa ho ne ho downloaded ka makhetlo a fetang 3M, 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.
Ka April 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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