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Nokia’s HERE map app now available on Google Play Store

Nokia's HERE map app has been gaining ground as an alternative to Google Maps, but one thing that might have prevented more people from getting it for their smartphones is that you had to sidedownload it from their website. But all that is about to change as you can now download the app directly from the Google Play Store, although it is still in beta version.

Nokia Z Launcher for Android now on Google Play

Hey, did you know Nokia is getting some more Android lovin’? Actually, it’s more like the other way around: Android is getting a lot of Nokia stuff these days. Nokia may not be getting back into the handset business and will focus on other important stuff but an Android tablet by Nokia has recently rolled out. The Nokia N1 was introduced a couple of days ago complete with the Nokia Z Launcher homescreen.

Nokia Store to rebrand to Opera Mobile Store

Users of Nokia phones like the Series 40, Series 60, Symbian, Ahsa, and Nokia X devices that enjoy buying apps and games from the Nokia Store have a change coming they will want to be aware of. During the first half of 2015, the Nokia Store will be replaced with the Opera Mobile Store.

Nokia N1 Android tablet powered by Intel 64-bit CPU

Nokia has rolled out a new tablet that is powered by the Android operating system called the Nokia N1. The tablet comes with the Nokia Z Launcher home screen that promises to make the tablet simple to use and gives users the ability to scribble a letter on the screen to find apps that start with that letter. Nokia uses a 64-bit Intel quad core processor inside.

Nokia not returning to handset business

Nokia still has remaining businesses but its mobile division is no more. Its CEO Rajeev Suri made it clear that it’s not going back to manufacturing handsets. Instead, the company will focus more on its Technologies business, the HERE mapping subsidiary, and the Networks unit.

HERE navigation app updated for Android Lollipop

There will be an avalanche of apps hurrying to update their codes to play nice with Android 5.0, one of those is Nokia’s HERE maps and turn-by-turn navigation app. The app was once locked down to the Windows Phone OS, but Nokia chose to release it in beta for Android recently. Now it’s getting updated for Lollipop.

Vsenn is a Project Ara competitor in modular phones

Modular phones (remember that viral Phonebloks video?) seems to be the holy grail of open source technology today. Just imagine, a smartphone whose parts you can upgrade – and not thinking of a whole other phone to purchase when you grow discontent with what you currently own. It’s a change in the paradigm of the smartphone industry. This is why Google’s Project Ara is a big deal. But it seems they’re not the only ones racing towards a modular smartphone product.

HERE update: building footprints, better Chicago transit info

Nokia's mapping app HERE continues to try and best the previously unbeatable Google Maps and this latest update will bring them even closer to that goal. Their blog post says the new features per continent is "too many to practically list," but two new special ones are worth talking about. HERE can now give you a more accurate footprint of buildings in areas in several countries, while the Chicago transit system is getting a more visually accurate feature.

HERE app clarifies issues, problems with beta for Android

It's still in beta version for Android devices, but mapping app HERE from Nokia is already creating waves as an alternative to Google Maps (some say it's even better). But as with everything that is digitally beta, there have been issues experienced by users who have been testing it on their mobile devices. To address and clarify these problems, the developers have released an FAQ that seeks to answer the most common complaints they have received so far.
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