Most Android users probably think of Google Maps when they need a navigation app, but today it’s been revealed that Samsung device users will soon have another app to help them get around.
Nokia has announced that it’s struck a deal with Samsung to make its Here maps app for Android available to Samsung Galaxy smartphones, including the new Galaxy S5. The app will be free and will allow users to find their location, browse a map, search for locations and use offline navigation, all without an Internet connection. Users that are able to hop online will also get access to live traffic and transit schedules.
Nokia also plans to offer its Here mapping system to Samsung’s Tizen hardware, including the new Gear S smartwatch. That means that Gear S wearers will be able to find their location on a map get directions for walking and public transit and also download maps.
The Here beta for Samsung Galaxy smartphones and Tizen devices will be made available when the Gear S launches, which is expected to happen in October. This agreement is interesting because it’s been rumored that Samsung and Google have been at odds in the past, and it also gives Tizen devices a strong mapping service without the need to rely on Google.
Have you ever used Nokia’s Here maps?