Nokia’s very own maps and navigation app ‘HERE’ maps is making a grand come back into the App Store after a long absence of more than a year. This sudden relaunch is being hinted by experts as a result of the growing demand for this app on the Android platform where it garnered over 4 million downloads recently.

HERE maps and navigation app, which was released for Android as a free app on Google’s Play Store in Oct. 2014, will be Free for download on iOS as well. With its main USP being the rare ability to store maps of more than a 100 countries for Offline use, this navigation app is surely going to turn some heads.

HERE app for iOS 8
HERE app for iOS 8

This app, designed by Nokia, is being billed as a rival to Google Maps and Apple’s very own Maps application. It certainly has the edge over the duo when it comes to saving Network Data Charges for its users, thanks to its cool Offline features.

HERE maps for iOS, just like its predecessor, provides turn-by-turn navigation options for driving, pedestrians and public transport even while offline. Live traffic updates are integrated when connected to the internet. This makes sense to those of us that are vexed with the lack of network connectivity while travelling.


Previous Iterations of Nokia’s HERE maps for iOS

Originally released by Nokia for its range of the then Windows Phone based smartphones, HERE later debuted on iOS with fruitful results in late 2012. A year later, in late 2013, following some compatibility issues with the then newly launched iOS 7 interface, HERE app was removed from the App Store.

HERE maps for iOS 8
HERE maps for iOS 8

In mid-2014, a version of the app was launched exclusively for the Galaxy range of smartphones of Samsung. Then, a full version of it debuted on Google Play, in early 2015. Since then it has become a rage on the Android platform, crossing 4 million downloads in a short span of a couple months.

Keeping this in mind, the iOS version of this App is being expected to pick up some steam on Apple gadgets as well. Will this move from Nokia catch Google Maps entirely off-guard or will it make a name for itself as just a good alternative to those in need? Only time will tell.

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