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iOS Maps alternative coming to iPhone courtesy of Nokia

Nokia look to offer a replacement to Maps on iPhone and iPad with their own mapping app

Nokia have announced today that they will be expanding their mapping platform on iOS, under their HERE brand. The mapping app will be built based on HTML5 to ensure a smooth user interface, and will include an offline mode, voice-guided walking navigation, and public transport directions. We should see the app hit the app store in the next few weeks as a free download.

“People want great maps, and with HERE we can bring together Nokia’s location offering to deliver people a better way to explore, discover and share their world,” said Nokia President and CEO Stephen Elop. “Additionally, with HERE we can extend our 20 years of location expertise to new devices and operating systems that reach beyond Nokia. As a result, we believe that more people benefit from and contribute to our leading mapping and location service.”

Apple has been working to improve its own Maps app over the last months since the launch of iOS 6, after Tim Cook apologised to users in an open letter. In that letter, Apple’s CEO pointed towards the web version of Nokia’s maps as an alternative while issues were fixed.