Back in late August, we caught wind of a new chapter in Nokia’s evolution of HERE Maps, as the company announced plans for an Android release through a special partnership with Samsung. Sure enough, just a few weeks later we saw the software go live for Samsung handsets. That was well and good if you were a Samsung user, but what about the rest of us? Today Nokia pushes HERE Maps forward upon a wider audience than ever before, making the app available for Android phones everywhere.

HERE Maps should work with any Android running Jelly Bean or better, though phones with at least a full gig of RAM are recommended. You’ll also have to put up with sideloading in order to get the software installed, but that’s hardly an arduous process – really the only downside is the absence of an automated update mechanism.

The app’s still in beta, and glitches continue to be worked out; one of the current bugs being corrected concerns a loss of the voices for voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation, but a fix should be coming soon. As long as you can live with a few rough edges like that, it may finally be time to check out what all your Windows Phone friends have been using to get themselves around.

Source: Nokia
Via: Droid Life




Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen’s first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he’s convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he’s not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits

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