Nokia to Make its Own Maps Service Available on Apple IPhones

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Nokia has launched a new mapping service that it has called "Here" which will be offered on both Apple smartphones and devices using the new Firefox OS.

Based on HTML5, the Apple version of the service will include offline capabilities, voice-guided walk navigation, and public transport directions. The application is scheduled to be available for free download from Apple's App Store in the coming weeks.

Nokia plans to debut a mobile Web version of "Here Maps" for the new Firefox OS next year.

Nokia also demonstrated an Android OS-based reference application and announced plans for the availability of a Here SDK for Android OEMs in early 2013.

To advance the 3D capabilities of Here, Nokia announced the planned acquisition of California based Earthmine. The company's reality capture and processing technologies will become integral parts of Here's 3D map making capabilities.

"Maps are hard to get right - but location is revolutionizing how we use technology to engage with the real world," said Michael Halbherr, Executive Vice President of Location & Commerce and responsible for the Here brand. "That's why we have been investing and will continue to invest in building the world's most powerful location offering, one that is unlike anything in the market today."

As part of its announcement, Nokia introduced LiveSight, a technology based on a 3D map of the world. Nokia City Lens, which was developed exclusively for Nokia Lumia devices, is the first application providing a LiveSight-enabled experience.

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