When Samsung introduced its curved-screen Gear S smartwatch the other day, it announced an interesting collaboration, partnering with Nokia to bring HERE maps to the wearable for delivering navigation services. We also saw teasers for this HERE/Gear effort on social media, but it wasn’t clear if the Gear S was the beginning and end of the partnership, or if there’d be more to it. Well, today the other shoe drops, as Nokia announces HERE for Android, exclusively on Samsung devices.
It’s still a beta, but what we’ve seen already looks pretty polished, though that shouldn’t be surprising considering how long Nokia’s been developing HERE for other platforms. Features include live traffic data, turn-by-turn navigation in over 100 countries, and offline support.
While the idea of exclusives is always a bit of a tough sell for us (why can’t all smartphones get all the apps?), at least Nokia and Samsung are using this partnership to highlight each other’s software, granting HERE integration with Samsung’s Car Mode, for instance.
So when can you start using HERE on your Samsung phone? Nokia says it will be available as soon as the Gear S is, putting its release sometime in October. As for other devices, Nokia says, “we will continue to extend our reach across screens and operating systems in the future.”