Just last month, Microsoft sealed the deal with Nokia. According to the deal, all of Nokia’s handset business was transferred to Microsoft in return for a very large sum. So, the once largest manufacturer of phones in the world is now, only a small company focusing on a handful of services.
Nokia Here maps is one such service which the Finnish company retained and according to reports, the company is planning to expand its mapping service to several other platforms including Android and iOS.
Nokia HERE Maps for Android and iOS
Nokia’s HERE maps is well known for its accuracy and is quite popular among Windows as well as non-windows users. Nokia had initially planned to launch HERE Maps app for Android a few years back, but for some reason the company did not go through with the project. Similarly, HERE Maps for iOS devices too was available, but only till late 2013 as the app was facing compatibility issues with the iOS 7 redesign.
But the company seems to be interested in making the app available cross platform as new job postings on LinkedIn from Nokia says that it’s looking for passionate and experienced developers who can create apps from scratch for its community mapping team. This could very well mean Nokia is planning to launch HERE Maps for Android.
Another job posting says that the company is looking for an iOS and Android developer to build and develop location based service applications for its HERE team. This could further hint at the possible comeback of HERE maps on both iOS and Android platforms.
On Android, Google Maps is the most trusted app for everyone’s mapping needs. However, that’s not the same with Apple Maps for iOS devices. Several instances have proved that Apple’s Maps is inaccurate and hence, HERE Maps for iOS could really make things easier for iOS users.
The app could be popular among Android users too, as HERE Maps have been praised for its accuracy and innovative features. It could really give tough competition to well set apps like Google Maps.
Nokia Invest $100m in Connected Car Technology
In order to further expand the reach of its mapping platform, HERE, Nokia has reportedly invested $100m in connected car technology. It is said that this investment will help HERE Maps grow around this ecosystem as a mapping platform and location based service.
So, it looks like Nokia is banking on its HERE Maps platform to grow post the Nokia Microsoft deal.
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