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Nokia introduced maps for iPhones

Finnish company Nokia has announced a mapping service for iPhones called «HERE». One can download the maps in the App Store, and they are absolutely free. This action is done to attract owners of iOS 6, where Google maps are not installed by default.

«HERE» appeares on the market just at the moment when Google continues to work on a single application and Apple has been working on the bugs. It is known that the developer of maps is NAVTEQ, that Nokia bought in 2008.

Application «HERE» contains 200 different countries and has enhanced functionality. A user can find out the traffic on the roads in real time, save locations visited, view individual areas offline, go to step navigation.

Experts say that maps perform all the functions stated by the producer . Indeed, Nokia managed to put on the market fast and accurate application, but it lacks elegant implementation. According to experts, the service is a little out of date and is unlikely to become a serious competitor to Google Maps.

Users are also unhappy that the maps do not work in a three-dimensional format, that they lack vector images and maps of areas that are optimized for Retina-display and turn-based navigation for cars.

Digital cartography and GPS navigation 30-11-2012