Nokia has released its popular Here Maps initially just for Samsung devices, with a subsequent version that has been made available as a download for most Android devices. And today, while still in beta, the app has become officially available as a free download on the Play Store. But since this is not the final version, chances are that you will experience bugs and glitches along the way.
I’ve downloaded myself the app from the Play Store and the first bug that hit me was that it didn’t allow me to set up an account. The official HERE app brings voice-guided navigation to 18 new countries and territories, such as Algeria, Bangladesh, Iraq, Libya, Paraguay, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Suriname and others. The total number of freely navigable countries thus reaches 118, but there are some countries where not all the roads have been mapped yet.
The Play Store launch has also saw stability and performance improvements being deployed. The current version of the app also fixes a voice-related navigation bug. If you try searching the app on the Google Play website and don’t see it yet, this means the app is probably propagating its way around the world. Or just follow the above link from your mobile and you should be ok.
It’s pretty obvious that the app is still in BETA, as it hasn’t been able to provide for me pretty simple routes. So, my advice is not to rely on it as your main navigation tool, not until it exits its beta version. But the looks of the app are impressive, as it features a clean and super responsive design. As a reminder, here are the main features of the app:
- Offline navigation: you get interactive maps and turn-by-turn voice guidance even without an internet connection. You can download and use offline maps for nearly 100 countries
- Nokia HERE Maps brings public transport maps and directions for over 800 cities in over 40 countries, also available offline
- Live traffic info for more than 40 countries
- The ability to share your location with family and friends in real time as you go via Glympse which is private and secure
If you’re reading this from your iPhone or iPad with envy, you should know that a version for iOS is also planned for early next year.