Nokia has renamed its much-loved Maps application as ‘Here' and will be rolling it out imminently to iOS and Android.
Unveiled at a press gathering in San Francisco, Here is billed as the first location cloud mapping service to deliver more accurate maps and navigation experiences across operating systems.
Nokia also revealed it has acquired a company that specialises in 3D mapping, as it bids to challenge similar efforts from Apple and Google.
"People want great maps, and with Here we can bring together Nokia's location offering to deliver people a better way to explore, discover and share their world," Nokia CEO Stephen Elop in a statement.
Here on iOS will offer free voice-guided walk navigation, public transport directions and offline capabilities. Driving navigation will not be present, unfortunately, as the app will be HTML 5-based, which Nokia believes is not safe for such purposes.
For now we can only hope that a native iOS app with turn-by-turn capabilities will eventually be launched.
On Android, a Here API will be available to enable third-party apps to add interaction and search capabilities on 3D extruded buildings and offer more realistic previews of routes in navigation.
"With Here we can extend our 20 years of location expertise to new devices and operating systems that reach beyond Nokia,” Elop added.
“As a result, we believe that more people benefit from and contribute to our leading mapping and location service.”
Here will launch on iOS in the “coming weeks” as a free download and on Android sometime next year. Stay tuned for more details as we get them.