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Nokia launches Here Maps application for iPhone

20 Nov 2012
Nokia Maps Here application for iPhone now available

Nokia's Maps application Here is now available to download on the Apple iPhone and iPad.

Nokia unveiled its Google Maps challenger at an event in the US last week where it touted Here as one of the key features of its Windows Phone 8 handsets.

However, the Finnish firm also announced plans to bring Here to iOS in a bid to save Apple users from the misery of using Apple's home-grown Maps application.

The app, which is now available to download now for free from Apple's App Store, trumps Apple Maps with its ability to offer live traffic information, voice-guided walking navigation and the ability to give public transport directions.

"Here Maps helps you feel like a local anywhere you go. See where you are, search and discover nearby places, and get a feel for the place," Nokia claimed.

"Collect places to remember or for later discovery. Explore new destinations and know instantly how to get there on foot, by car or on public transport. Here Maps is based on the world-class Navteq mapping data used in 90 [percent] of in-car navigation systems in the world."

It might have been in the iTunes Store for little more than a few minutes, but it's already received good reviews from those frustrated with Apple Maps.

One user wrote, "Amazing, just like Google Maps. 100 times better than Apple Maps," which will no doubt leave the Finnish phone giant feeling pretty smug.

Meanwhile, Google is believed to be on the cusp of submitting its revised Maps app for iOS 6. A Google insider last week revealed that the firm was just putting the "finishing touches on the app" before submitting it to the iTunes App Store.

Whether Apple approves Google's Map app remains to be seen.

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Carly Page

Carly Page joined The INQUIRER as News Editor in April 2012. Before becoming a full-time geek, Carly studied Journalism at the University of Lincoln, and dabbled in the music journalism industry. Carly's main coverage areas include mobile devices, mobile software, telecoms, mobile operators, social networks and anything Breaking Bad related.

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