The “Maps” game is getting more competitive than ever now. Nokia held a press conference in San Francisco today where it unveiled its new “Here” mapping service. This service is actually replacing Nokia’s original foray into mapping, simply named Nokia Maps. Here is a cloud-based service and is going to be supported across many platforms, including iOS. Just as Apple’s Maps, Here will give users the ability to report issues and even make changes themselves.
The service is all going to be based around the desktop HTML5 version, but mobile apps are on the way. It announced that the iOS version will have voice-guided walking directions, and will have the ability to cache data for offline use (finally). This service will also have the feature some called “gimmicky” on Apple’s part: 3D mapping. Of course Nokia also added that it will give “Lumia devices an advantage” when it comes to Here, but it sounds like the iOS app will be very full-fledged. I’m kind of excited to see how it will perform.
What do you think? Looking forward to Here for iOS? Waiting for Google’s application? Let us know in the comments, or tweet me @TiP_Kyle.