Nokia has been teasing its HERE Maps Android software since late August, when it announced that it had partnered with Samsung to deliver HERE maps to the company’s Galaxy smartphones. The software is finally available today and it’s definitely worth checking out.
So why might someone who already has access to Google Maps want to try Nokia HERE?
For one, it offers offline navigation — not simply cached maps, which you can do in Google Maps, too — that allows you to download maps of entire regions, like a state, and then access the map data for points of interest or navigation even when you don’t have a connection. That’s particularly useful if you’re trying to find out where a meeting is while you’re stuck underground in a subway. Also, once installed, you’ll be prompted to login to a new HERE maps account. Creating an account will allow you to store information, like your favorite places, in the cloud so that you can access it from any device.
We’re pretty trusting of good old faithful Google Maps, but we’re also excited to give this a whirl. HERE Maps has been pretty solid on Windows Phone, and we’re glad to see it making a big jump to Android. You should be able to find it in the Google Play or Samsung app stores now, providing you have a Samsung smartphone with at least 1GB of RAM and Android 4.1 or newer.