Finnish manufacturer Nokia has definitely seen better days, and being top smartphone dog (as it once was) now seems inconceivable, but one thing it continues to get right is map stuff.
Stephen Elop & Co recently assembled in San Francisco to lift the lid on a little something called Nokia Here, a new cloud-based mapping service.
In the accompanying press release, Nokia Here is described as "the first location cloud to deliver the best maps and location services across more streams and operating systems."
Included are all the usual map-related features we’ve come to know and love, such as viewing directions and tracking your current location.
Nokia throws in Connections, which lets you store and share your favourite locations, and Explore, which lets you know what’s in the immediate vicinity.
With Nokia Here, there’s also a focus on user-submitted data, offline maps, and real-time information including number of people “checked in” to particular locations, while directions takes current traffic information into account.
An HTML5-based iOS app is expected to hit the App Store “in the coming weeks”, with an Android SDK following in early 2013.
In the meantime, you can check out Nokia Here at here.net.