Nokia’s HERE mapping platform, which the company announced back in November, is now available for all Windows Phone 8 devices—no Lumia device required. Today’s news is a big win for WP8 owners; Nokia’s platform is excellent, and builds upon the company’s 25 years of mapping experience, with offline, indoor and public transport a big part of Nokia HERE.
In addition to just maps, users will have access to HERE Drive for regional navigation, HERE Drive+ for global navigation, HERE transit and HERE City Lens, allowing users to better explore a city. All the different experiences are seamless and integral to the bigger HERE experience, meaning you can transition from driving, to walking, to public transport no problem.
Nokia has also introduced LiveSight, which “integrates sight recognition with live map information,” Nokia explained. “These announcement firmly establishes HERE as a horizontal brand and thoughtfully-tiered service offering,” said John Jackson, Research VP, Mobile & Connected Platforms, IDC.