Samsung and Nokia might seem like an unlikely alliance in the current mobile climate (the world’s number one and the world’s former number one; Android hero and Windows Phone lackey), but the two cosied up this week with the announcement of “HERE for Gear”, which puts Finnish mapping goodness on the spanking new Gear S wearable.
And the fun doesn’t end there. The big news… wait for it… here (badum tsh!) is that HERE is finally coming to Android, but exclusive to Samsung Galaxy phones. Are there any other Android phones? I jest, I jest.
The first bit of good news is that HERE (that’s beta, by the way) for Android will be a free app.
Better still, HERE for Android offers all sorts of offline goodness that you (probably) can’t enjoy with your current mapping solution.
You can download not just regions but entire countries (almost 200 of ‘em), and storing them on your device means you can pan, rotate and zoom without lag. You can also get turn-by-turn directions within 100 countries – driving, walking or public transport – without a connection; your current location is ascertained via GPS.
Jumping online brings access to more advanced features, including live traffic and real-time transit schedules, while you can also share places with contacts and save stuff to Collections – the latter inviting you to sync data with other devices.
We're told HERE for Android will be rolled out just as soon as the Samsung Gear S is released.
For lots more (I’ve rambled on for long enough, right?), head over to 360.here.com.