Nokia has today released updates for two of its location apps, HERE Maps and HERE Transit. HERE Maps update brings in a new feature which will allow you to organize your favorites into groups and sync them using HERE.com profile. HERE Transit has got LiveSight integration and more.
-Organize your favorites into groups, sync them across your phone and here.com and have these collections at your fingertips.
-Customize your walking speed, preferred walking distance, number of changes and transport modes for better personalization
-Spot nearby stations with LiveSight for better orientation
-Get built-in, turn-by-turn walk directions in map and list view for door-to-door guidance
-See your favorites with one tap. Add and edit them with other HERE apps and on here.com
-Long-tap on a station on the Nearby screen to start journey directions
A new update for offline Maps are now available for Windows Phone 8 devices. We have confirmed that both Nokia and other OEM devices are getting this update. Windows Phone 8 brought in the ability to update the downloaded offline maps whenever available. You can go to Settings->Applications->Maps->Updates to install them. Installing latest Maps will bring you the latest local map tiles, POI data, etc, to your device so that you can be always up to date even when internet is not available.
Nokia today announced that they are updating their aerial imagery for HERE Maps platform. Recently they updated street maps,and now their aerial imagery too. The update will be rolled out first on here.com with United States, Western Europe and South Africa, which make up 14 million of km2 of land area. They are planning to cover 90% of global landmass and later this year, they will be available on smartphones like Windows Phone devices too.
Nokia took a dig at Google on their recent announcement about cloud free maps,
While other companies are cleaning up their high level views, we’re providing clear, disruption free views on zoomed in levels with better resolution so that you can see more details and fresh maps with more recent images.
Read more about it here.
Nokia today announced some details on the HERE Venue Maps available for Nokia Lumia devices and Bing Maps. Nokia HERE Maps now features 49,000 buildings in 45 countries. This doesn’t only include shopping malls, but also stadiums, theme parks, historic streets, or other outdoor spaces, such as Carnaby Village and golf clubs.
We create precise Venue Maps by not only collecting floor plans, but by also physically visiting venues to ensure that our data is more accurate than those from competitors.
When the HERE team visits a venue they make sure the shapes and dimensions of the buildings and their facilities are correct so that what you see in our Venue Maps reflects what you see in reality. If the building has multiple floors, we also include those. This means that you can find what you’re looking for, no matter what floor it’s on.
We also add the useful attributes, such as ATM locations, escalators, different stores, gate numbers, and restrooms, across all floors.
Nokia has also posted a short guide on how to use this Venue maps on your Nokia Lumia device. You can read it with screenshots from the link below.
Return Me Here allows you a simple way to remember your favorite places. Share the location of your best memories with your friends and family through Messaging and E-Mail. Record and retrieve locations through HERE Maps and HERE Drive.
- Set a meeting place for you and your friends
- Share your location with people close to you
- Remember your favorite shop or restaurant
- Find your parking place
Trial mode includes all features and one location. The interface is streamlined and allows you to share your current location with one click. You can share locations with friends that also have Return Me Here and they can import directly into the app on their phone. For your friends that do not have Windows Phone 8 there is a link to HERE Maps that they can access. You can pin locations to start for easy access and back up all of your locations to Sky Drive so your memories are always safe. This app is developed by Return Apps which develop exclusively for Windows Phone.
Nokia has released an update for Maps for Lumia Windows Phone devices. Windows Phone 8 brought in the ability to update the downloaded offline maps whenever available. You can go to Settings->Applications->Maps->Updates to install them. Installing latest Maps will bring you the latest local map tiles, POI data, etc, to your device so that you can be always up to date even when internet is not available.
Thanks to everyone who sent this info.
Â Update: Â The maps update appears to be hitting all WP8 handsets, with users with the HTC 8X also reporting receiving the new data.
Thanks Sean for the tip.
I guess we missed the declaration, but it seems the cold war between Microsoft and Google has really warmed up.
Google has previously already said they will not be making apps for Windows Phone and Windows 8, but now they have taking things a step further by blocking Windows Phones (both 7.5 and 8) from accessing maps.google.com.
If you try you are automatically redirected to Googleâ€™s mobile search page, even if your phone is in desktop mode, which of course does not give you access to Google Maps.
Strangely enough, for now, maps.google.co.uk works perfectly fine, indicating some switch somewhere did get flipped.
I guess being given a pass by the FTC has made Google a bit more bold. That $25 million in lobbying sure went farâ€¦
Thanks pkm for the tip.
We all know that the new Nokia Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices comes pre-installed with Nokia Maps, Nokia Drive and other location based apps. Even though Nokia Maps works well for most of us, some people preferred Bing Maps which is known for its fast and simple nature.
Unfortunately, Nokia removed the Bing Maps app from the App list on their Windows Phone 8 devices. Bing Maps app will be launched whenever you do some local search on Bing search app, but you can’t open it as an app from the list. Now, there is a simple app from Windows Phone Store which will allow you to launch Bing Maps just as before.
Install this simple launcher app which launches the Bing Maps and enjoy the mapping experience.
Find the app here from the Windows Phone Store for free.
Engadget got a brief tour of the Nokia Here collection vehicleÂ and they shared some info about it.Â It is a bright blue Volkswagen Jetta Wagon with number of sensors mounted over its top.
Here are the details about the sensors,
It features a military-grade GPS antenna, a 360-degree panorama camera in a white pod (which captures the spherical views you’ll see in Nokia Here), a Velodyne LIDAR unit in a spinning silver cylinder (for 3D mapping), high-resolution signage cameras in a black box (for forwards and backward automatic feature extraction) and finally a wheel encoder to measure distance / velocity.
Check out the source link below for more photos on it.
Along with the announcement of HERE, the worldâ€™s first location cloud that delivers a location platform, location content and location apps across any screen and any operating system, Nokia announced a new location technology called LiveSight. LiveSight is also coming to Nokia Maps, you can watch a demo of the same in the video above.
Nokia introduced LiveSight(TM), a technology based on a highly accurate, 3D map of the world.Â LiveSight(TM) provides the most precise and intuitive augmented reality experience and uses a phone’s camera viewfinder to make discovering the world as easy as lifting up a phone. Nokia City Lens, which was developed exclusively for Nokia Lumia devices, is the first application providing a LiveSight-enabled experience.
LiveSight is a collection of mechanisms:
- 3D sight interface: buildings are detected by our collection technologies with high accuracy and feeling of depth
- Line of sight: with the line of sight view, only POIs in sight are displayed
- Freeze frame: save a live view to inspect the city without having to hold the camera pointed at the target
- Building directory: click on a building to see what is inside
AlsoÂ NokiaÂ is planningÂ to open up LiveSight technologyÂ for developers so that they can buildÂ innovative location based Augmented Reality experiences.
Read more about it here.Â
We posted earlier today that the Maps app in Windows Phone 8 may underwhelm those who were hoping for a major change from the use of Nokia mapping data.
The only element we had missing from the interface was the actual turn by turn directions. The above video by BWOne however does give a brief look at the interface, from the 3:30 mark, which shows subtle differences from the current Bing Maps experience, but not really that much.
We also received this screen shot from a tipster also showing the interface, and which alarmingly did not come with voice guidance.
This omission may however only be regional, but even then this suggests the current issue of the have and have nots of Microsoftâ€™s global services will continue.
What the above video does demonstrate however is that apps will be able to link directly to the navigation feature, which is of course a desirable feature.
It also appears that Nokia Windows Phones will come with two navigation solutions, Maps by Microsoft and Nokia Drive +, and that Maps will be the default app, when Nokia Drive + will likely offer a much better experience. In some ways it seems the more things change, the more they stay the same.
Special thanks to our tipster.