Nokia’s HERE navigation maps app has been doing offline mapping since before everyone thought it was cool. And now that Google Maps is set to have offline navigation as well, expect that HERE will further improve the customer’s experience in order for people to still prefer using it more than any other maps app. The latest update brings even more improvement when it comes to mapping out areas in Africa and letting it be available offline, as well as improving on actual transit routes.
HERE is adding seven more countries in the African continent (Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and the island nation of São Tomé and Príncipe) and giving them detailed navigation options and of course offline support as well. They have also improved on the mapping data in some other African countries and cities, like Cape Verde, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Guinea-Bissau, and the Seychelles.
Public transit line accuracy is also improving as now the maps will show the actual routes taken by buses, trains, etc. Unlike previously when the app will just show how the stations are linked together (even if they were color-coded as to the kind of transporation), now the new lines will show the route each of the transit options will take. Eventually, these “richer maps” will hopefully turn to HD maps, which will make it more of a target for companies looking to acquire something like HERE.
The app should also be quicker to update now. And if you’re an enterprise subscriber, you’ll be able to see more embedded data like road weight limits and height restrictions for trucking companies to know. If you haven’t yet, you can download HERE from the Google Play Store for free.