Nokia has announced a mapping application for the iPhone and other devices on Tuesday and rebranded its location services. They call it ‘HERE’.

Nokia also said it would acquire a Bay Area start-up called Earthmine to provide 3D street views for its maps, and announced a partnership with Mozilla, maker of the Firefox web browser, to bring maps to the Firefox mobile operating system set to launch next year.

Stephen Elop, CEO Nokia,  said in an interview that the sales of the company’s new Lumia smartphones, based on the Microsoft’s Windows Phone software, would benefit from the devices having “location-based services that are better than anything else.”

Elop said he was “pleased” with Lumia sales so far and noted record pre-order volume in Russia, one of the company’s more important markets.

But Elop also stressed the effort to make the “Here” services available to a wide variety of vendors, including smartphone competitors.

How is it done ?

The new IPhone app, created in the HTML 5 language that works on many different types of computers and smartphones and set to be released in the coming weeks. Could be a life saver of Apple Maps users, I reckon!

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What will happen next ? 

Nokia also said it would release an Android mapping app early next year.

Under the agreement with Mozilla, the two companies will work together on location services and mobile maps for the new Firefox OS software, set to be released next year.

Nokia executives stressed the “computational mapping” technology behind Here.com that would allow users to generate a wide range of different types of maps from the service. The acquisition of Earthmine will enable 3D features in the maps, and user input will help to continually enhance the offerings, executives said.

How to access it ? 

Here is the web link to access the maps from your smartphone/ tablet  – http://www.here.net

If you want to access the app from your mobile devices, you can use this URL – http://m.here.net

 

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