Nokia recently partnered with Samsung to bring its very popular HERE maps to Samsung Tizen running smart watches and smartphones running Android. It marks a significant step forward for HERE, for the very first time this map has taken a move to any Android platform which was earlier exclusively available for only Lumia devices, Windows-based platforms. The two companies have also entered into a licensing agreement to provide consumers mapping services for free.
On the upcoming Samsung Gear S, HERE service powers a new app specially made for wearable called Navigator, offering turn-by-turn walk navigation, offline support and public transit routing as well.
This isn’t only just a companion app to compete with the Android one, but is a complete stand-alone experience, giving users the option to store mapping data locally on the packed hardware. If you would like to get more out of HERE maps services, you must have to connect the smart watch with the HERE beta available for Samsung Galaxy smartphones.
HERE beta will cost Samsung consumers absolutely nothing to download and will be available when the Samsung Gear S hits the market.
“We believe that maps and location-related functionality are essential for any operating system. HERE aims to deliver fresh maps, platform services and location cloud experiences to as many people and businesses as possible, independent of the device and operating system they are using,” said Sean Fernback, Senior Vice President Everyday Mobility, HERE.
“Partnering with Samsung for the Tizen OS, and providing maps and location services for the first time with the new Samsung Gear is another huge step for us in that direction.” he then added
Nokia has also included Glympse support into the mapping solution available for both Samsung Android smartphones and Tizen smartwatches. This features enables users to share their location with others, great feature for letting others know when you’re on the way and heading to the scheduled location. Are you looking forward to use HERE services on your Samsung devices?