Nokia Announces Cross-Platform “Here” Maps Service
Windows Phone fans may be quick to sing the praises of Nokia’s various mapping and navigation solutions, but for those of you still solidly committed to iOS and Android, there’s a good chance you may never have even tried out one of Nokia’s map offerings. The company wants to do something to change that, and in an effort to reach more users than ever before has just announced Here, a cross-platform, cloud-based service targeted at PC, iOS, Android, and Firefox OS users.
Nokia is partnering with Mozilla for Here, which explains that Firefox OS connection. Once the platform debuts, users will be able to use the system’s browser to access the HTML5-based Here service. That’s also how Android users will get their first experiences with Here, but the iOS version should be a little more full-featured, consisting of a stand-alone app supporting things like offline map caching and voice-based navigation.
While Android will get a Here SDK sometime next year, letting devs build Nokia content into their apps, there’s no word of an official stand-alone Android app.
It sounds like Nokia’s going to be focusing on a lot of 3D content for Here, planning to acquire the company earthmine for its 3D resources. That deal should be wrapped-up by the end of the year, so we’ll be keeping a close eye on what Nokia’s able to accomplish with Here as we start moving into 2013.