Nokia Announced Multi-Platform Navigation Maps
Nokia plans an ambitious expansion of its mapping and location-based services platform beyond its own smartphones to competing devices running OSes other than Windows Phone 8. Nokia Maps already powers the maps and navigation features for Windows Phone. But soon Nokia plans to bring its mapping service to other platformsincluding iOS, Android, and the upcoming Firefox OS.
[blockquote cite=”Stephen Elop, CEO of Nokia”] We want to give everyone with any type of device to ability to use this, the best location platform in the industry
Nokia will use the “Here” brand name across its location platform.
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- The iOS version will be based on HTML5 but will appear to users like a native application, he said. It will offer maps, navigation, live traffic, public transport information and more. It will be free.
- A Here SDK (software development kit) for Android will be available in the first quarter of 2013. That will allow developers to embed Here Maps and make use of Nokia’s location information in their own applications.
Internet users can check out Nokia’s new platform by looking at HERE.com, a freshly launched website that offers maps, satellite images and data on landmarks and shops. In a demonstration, Nokia showed a map of San Francisco that included 3D buildings and allowed the user to zoom and rotate the map in a similar fashion to Google Earth.
Nokia is knocking on the Big Boy door by expecting this multi-platform mapping tool to take on Microsoft, Google, and Apple. Let’s see how far will NOKIA go..