Nokia to release HERE Maps app for all Windows 8.1 devices

Nokia will be rolling out its HERE Maps app for all PCs and tablets that run Windows 8.1 or Windows 8.1 RT in the next few days, after débuting the app just on the Windows 8.1 RT-based Nokia 2520 tablet in November.

The official HERE Maps blog reveals that the app will begin its roll out in the Windows Store in North America and Europe first. It also states that there have been some improvements made since it was first released with the Lumia 2520. City pages will load up four times faster when the app is connected online to the HERE database. Nokia says the boost in performance is due to "the use of progressive rendering and some clever optimizations to the data transfers."

The app update now allows for it to be controlled via the old-fashioned mouse and keyboard combo, in addition to its touchscreen support. New high-res satellite imagery has also been added to this latest HERE Map update and it can keep a search history record as well.

This news comes ahead of Nokia's press conference on Monday, when the company is expected to announced its first Android-based smartphone, the Nokia X.

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Does Microsoft get HERE Maps in the Nokia purchase, or does "Nokia" still keep that?

If the former, will Bing Maps and HERE Maps be merged, or will they continue to be separate, basically competing, entities offered by the same company?

And if the latter, will they continue to do their robust support of Windows Phone?

They don't get Here maps. Nokia keeps tht for their software department. which is why Nokia has said they'll be bringing it to other devices down the line. but MS gets some licensing to have it on all their devices for some number of years

Mapping technology remains with Nokia but Microsoft gets a license to use it.
From the press release:
"In addition, Microsoft will become a strategic licensee of the HERE platform, and will separately pay Nokia for a four-year license."

-adrian- said,
outside the USA? I guess here is one of those products where the US is not the leading market factor

NavTeq in general is outpacing all other mapping providers. Rebranded to Here maps on the Windows platform, but also powering Garmin and other GPS exclusive devices.

If their press conference on Monday is actually to announce an Android phone, then hopefully we might see HERE Maps expand to Android too; it's the one thing I miss from Windows Phone.

MightyJordan said,
If their press conference on Monday is actually to announce an Android phone, then hopefully we might see HERE Maps expand to Android too; it's the one thing I miss from Windows Phone.

But, remember, this phone is rumored to run a forked version NOT running Google Play.

Dot Matrix said,

But, remember, this phone is rumored to run a forked version NOT running Google Play.
Still it will be android-compatible and we'll have just to wait until come good guy hacker could get it as a separate app.

HawkMan said,
so until you can illegally copy it ?
Mostly I hope they will make an android version available.

TAKEITBILL said,
Why do you care how it came as long you get the app and works for you.
Every work, especially such brilliant as HERE maps, should receive its reward, imo.