HERE Maps debuts on Windows Store for Lumia 2520 only; no words for Surface 2
HERE Maps exclusively packed Lumia 2520, is available on Windows Store for ARM devices only; however, there is no word for Surface 2 or other tablets based on Windows RT 8.1.
By Julia Martin on November 18, 2013
Nokia has published its HERE Maps — a part of HERE mapping and navigation services – on Windows Store, and now available for ARM tablets and no longer exclusive for smartphones.
There is something of a catch, however, as the HERE Maps will be available only on the Lumia 2520 arriving on November 22nd, with Nokia emphasizing that the experience will still be the best on a Lumia device.
HERE Maps for Windows RT 8.1 announced during Nokia World in late October. Although, the features are similar to those available on Windows Phone 8, and the app takes full advantage of the screen size, and of course all proprietary features of Windows OS.
No word on the HERE Drive or HERE Transit app.
Users who purchase the first tablet from the Finnish manufacturer based on Windows RT 8.1 will get one of the best apps developed by Nokia exclusively. HERE Maps uses tablet’s sensors — including compass, accelerometer, gyroscope and GPS — to show your location on maps; for 3D visualization of buildings and the calculation of the optimum route to a specific destination.
The app offers five views: normal, satellite, public transport, traffic and street level. To activate the 3D view, just tilt the tablet. Users can save their favorite places in collections, which will be in sync with the apps for other platforms and the web version.
For each site, HERE Maps suggests several points of interest such as restaurants, cinemas, theaters, museums and hotels. The street view — available for 140 cities — allows you to explore the sights as if the user is on the spot. The app also provides directions to a destination by car, on foot or by public transport. And, the favorite places can be shared with friends via email, Facebook and other social networks.
Moreover, Users will also able to download selective offline maps – just like the app for Windows Phone 8 devices.