Nokia reveals plans for its new mapping service 'HERE' [Cihan News Agency (Turkey)]
(Cihan News Agency (Turkey) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) JOHANNESBURG (CIHAN)- Nokia has announced its plans for its newest location and mapping service the company has named 'HERE'.
Nokia will reveal HERE the first location cloud that is set to be compatible across a range of devices and operating systems.
A HERE maps application for Apple's iOS has already been created by the Finnish mobile phone manufacturer and will be freely available in iOS app store in the next few weeks.
The HERE application for iOS will include offline capabilities, voice-guided walk navigation, and public transport directions.
The company also plans to release a version of HERE for Android powered smartphones in early 2013.
"With HERE we can extend our 20 years of location expertise to new devices and operating systems that reach beyond Nokia," said Stephen Elop, President and CEO of Nokia, "As a result, we believe that more people benefit from and contribute to our leading mapping and location service."
Nokia has also entered into an agreement with Mozilla in which they plan to create a web version of its HERE application for the Firefox operating system Mozilla plans to release next year.
"Mozilla is a leader in HTML5, building the Web as a platform for developing compelling applications, and location is a key part of that platform," said Jay Sullivan, Mozilla Vice President of Products. "We are excited to work with Nokia as the combination of Firefox OS and HERE's location platform provides rich possibilities for mobile application developers to create amazing experiences for users."
The Finnish manufacturer went onto note it plans to acquire Earthmine by the end of 2012, Earthmine specialises in reality capturing and processing technologies.
Nokia has continued to sink losing mobile phone market share, Nokia's Symbian OS fell from a 14.6% market hold in the third quarter of 2011 to 2.3% in the same quarter of 2012 according to statistics by IDC. The company jumped on the Microsoft Windows Phone OS bandwagon with its Lumia smartphones as it hopes to win back market share.
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