Just as it promised it would, Nokia has officially released its rebranded cross-platform maps application, HERE Maps, on the Apple App Store.
Announced just last week at a press call in San Francisco, HERE Maps lands in the shape of an HTML 5-based app, offering free maps, plus walking, driving and public transport directions on the iPhone and iPad.
Nokia’s decision to bring its proprietary mapping solution to a rival’s platform is surprising to the say the least. But it's undoubtedly a move that will please countless Apple users who’ve been frustrated by the iMaker’s own less-than-stellar Maps app that replaced Google Maps as the native mapping software on iOS 6.
It’s still too early to say whether Nokia’s effort is much better, but so far it seems to work like it says on the tin, finding locations accurately and reasonably quickly. Although it's noticeable the maps aren’t quite as sharp as they should be and unfortunately there’s no turn-by-turn navigation yet.
Nokia has yet to comment on the possibility of releasing a natively programmed iOS application. If and when it does, you’ll be among the first to know.
Download Nokia HERE Maps for free right now on the App Store.