Nokia’s Proper right here Mapping App Now On Google Play Globally, Coming To iOS In 2015
Nokia — doubling down on mapping as a multiplatform enterprise after selling its models and suppliers division to Microsoft earlier this yr — says that it’s had over one million downloads of its Proper right here navigation and mapping app on Android since launching it as a sideloaded, restricted launch. Now, the company is ramping up its ambitions with a worldwide launch anyplace that Google Play is accessible, and says that an iOS mannequin will in all probability be coming in early 2015.
In addition to Proper right here has added 18 additional nations to the report of those included in its navigation system, bringing the complete to 118.
Alongside a redesign of proper right here.com with a model new search perform and better guests information, Nokia says that its builders might have the iOS mannequin of the app ready by “early 2015″ after fielding requests for the app.
“Following the constructive critiques of Proper right here for Android, a lot of individuals have expressed their curiosity in an iOS mannequin of our app,” the company notes. “We truly respect this curiosity and demand. Our iOS app enchancment workforce is working onerous on this and we plan to formally launch HERE for iOS in early 2015.”
Suppliers in Proper right here embrace voice-guided navigation, offline map use and public transit information, along with location sharing with contacts by the use of Glympse. Nokia notes that a number of of the newer group of countries which may be being supported wouldn’t have all of their roads included inside the maps however.
The knowledge comes by the use of an exchange of the app — people who already have it do not need to reinstall — that moreover sees a few totally different tweaks, particularly some stability and effectivity enhancements and the eradicating of a voice-related navigation bug.
(As Nokia recognized once more in October, that bug wanted to do with Proper right here’s navigation voices: they’ve been getting deleted from the app when clients launched positive “cache cleaning” apps.)
Apparently, the expanded report of countries that in the intervening time are coated by Proper right here maps — Algeria, Angola, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Cyprus, Iraq, Libya, Mauritania, Mauritius, Nepal, Paraguay, Saint Helena, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Zambia and Zimbabwe — speaks to the mobile enterprise’s larger ambitions to give attention to rising markets.
For an organization like Nokia it’s moreover notable that it’s a strategy of in all probability superceding the penetration that Google may already have in established markets with its native mapping app, concentrating on places that others won’t have however tackled. As a corporation spokesperson elements out to me, “We presently have navigation in further nations than one other competitor in the mean time.”
Nonetheless, that being said, maps and navigation keep an prolonged-time interval play for Nokia, with Proper right here nonetheless a small and space of curiosity part of the bigger agency. Inside the ultimate quarter, the division posted web product sales of €236 million, whereas the bigger Nokia enterprise posted web product sales of €three.three billion, with an working income of zero.