Nokia Announces HERE Maps For Windows RT/8 Devices, Will Support 3D And Offline Maps

HERE Maps Windows 8

When Nokia announced Lumia 2520 Windows RT tablet, it came with Nokia exclusive apps such as Nokia Storyteller, Nokia HERE Maps and more. Nokia today announced that they will be releasing HERE Maps app for free for all Windows RT/8 devices in Windows Store. HERE Maps is an all-in-one mapping solution, combining vector, satellite and 3D maps, points of interest, search and route planning. You can also download maps for offline us as you enjoy it on Lumia devices. Nokia announced the following improvements over previous version of the app.

First of all: speed. The offline maps load as quickly as your computer can manage, of course, so it’s a lot faster than using a website for navigation. But there are also speed improvements to the online portions. City pages, for example, now load up to four times faster, thanks to the use of progressive rendering and some clever optimisations to the data transfers.

Second, you can still use your touchscreen to control HERE Maps, and now you can also use your mouse and keyboard, which is a more useful option for most desktop PC users.

Third, this release supports our latest high-resolution satellite imagery. As you can see from the ‘before and after’ image below, this makes a pretty considerable impact on visibility at high zoom levels.

And there’s more. The app will keep a record of your search history and routes you have calculated. When you see a list of places, you can sort them by their distance from you, or by their rating. The app also takes advantage of Windows 8.1 preloading, which gets the apps you use frequently ready to launch in the background for a faster start.

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HERE Maps for Windows 8.1 will be rolled out over coming days for free download from the Windows Store, starting in North America and Europe.
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  • FateStayNight

    OMG!!!! Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!

  • GG002

    Finally a good (perfect?) alternative to Bing Maps. The latter is stylish and all, but it’s a rubbish app and lacks so much as compared to Bing maps in a browser. Totally useless for planning routes and such. Also, what’s up with the lack of Bird’s eye view in the app?

    • 1

      There is Birds Eye available in the app…

      • GG002

        Uh, nope. Check out the following from Paris. On you do get Birds eye (and aerial view is not the same).

        • Asgard

          Use the Maps Preview app to get birds eye in Paris, and even 3D in some rare cities. You even get traffic and street side in Paris too.

          • GG002

            I’ve tried.. the app isn’t available where I am, even if I search through the web and press download.. I get redirected to the store, but no download page.

  • rjmlive

    I just want Bing or Here maps to keep up with Google in my area. It’s embarrassing when a major structural roadway change and enormous expansion in my city has gone un-noticed by Bing Maps for over a year and yet somehow Google has most of it. MS just seems to worry about the US and it’s hard to be a fan and try to get others to switch when we get left behind so bad compared to Google.

  • RichFrantz

    Great! Now if we can just figure out why MS didn’t put GPS in the Surface we’ll be all set.

  • Nham Thien Duong

    Finally, I’ve been waiting for this for a long time, making these services exclusive wouldn’t help the platform, the more people have access to it, the more people will use those services, and I have a Nokia Lumia Phone, and a Packard Bell (American/Non-Asian/GENERAL Non-/-NON-Chinese wing of ”Acer”) EasyNote TE Notebook/Laptop, which both upload everything to the cloud, but Nokia apps only work one my Nokia Lumia, I only had the honour of using the Nokia MixRadio on my P.C. now I can finally use Nokia’s other services. 😀