HERE Maps has been available to try on most Android devices since Oct., but today the Nokia-made app is finally making its way to Google’s official Play Store. The app offers a fresh take on mapping and directions, and even includes a few features you won’t find on Google Maps.
— HERE (@here) December 10, 2014
HERE’s biggest advantage is the ability to store tons of maps on your device for offline use. Yes, this is possible on Google Maps, but this is more robust. There’s actually a separate tab where you can manage all your saved maps. Even better, the app can give you turn-by-turn directions without an Internet connection as long as you saved the map to your phone in advance.
The app also lets you choose between different suggested routes with a swiping gesture and offers real-time traffic updates along the way. You can even plan your trips out in advance to include points of interest like restaurants and stores, and share your location with friends using the Glympse feature.
Nokia notes that over a million people have already tried out HERE for Android, and hopes that even more will take it for a spin now that it’s available through Google Play. And if you’re more of an iPhone fan don’t worry, the company says it has plans to launch an official iOS app early next year.