Nokia Introduces Here, Refining Digital Map Landscape
Nokia has announced Here, the first location cloud to deliver the world's best maps and location experiences across multiple screens and operating systems. To further extend its location services, Here is launching a maps application for iOS. Based on HTML5, it will include offline capabilities, voice-guided walk navigation, and public transport directions. The application is scheduled to be available for download from Apple’s App Store for free in the coming weeks.
Also, Nokia is entering a strategic partnership with Mozilla to bring new location experiences to the Firefox OS. Nokia plans to debut a mobile Web version of Here Maps for the new Firefox OS next year.
Nokia also demonstrated an Android OS-based reference application and announced plans for the availability of a Here SDK for Android in early 2013. To advance the 3D capabilities of Here, Nokia announced the planned acquisition of Berkeley, California company earthmine. earthmine’s reality capture and processing technologies will become integral parts of Here’s 3D map making capabilities.
Additionally, Nokia introduced LiveSight, a technology based on a highly accurate, 3D map of the world. LiveSight provides the most precise and intuitive augmented reality experience and uses a phone’s camera viewfinder to make discovering the world as easy as lifting up a phone. Nokia City Lens, which was developed exclusively for Nokia Lumia devices, is the first application providing a LiveSight-enabled experience.