Nokia has officially announced that ‘Here Maps’ is now available for the Nokia Asha 501. Nokia also released the first beta of Here maps, specifically designed for smartphones without GPS.

Nokia Here Maps is a popular navigation service that is already available on major mobile platforms including Windows Phone 8, Firefox OS, Android and mHTML. The navigation service now comes to the Nokia Asha 501, the low end smartphones introduced by the Finnish manufacturer at the beginning of May.


Being an entry-level phone, the Nokia Asha 501 doesn’t have a lot of room for apps and nor have a high-powerful processor that can make task look easy. Hence, Nokia has plan to come up with an efficient Maps service for the Asha 501, as a result of which the company has released a beta version of Here Maps, but it already offers many features that are found on more advanced Lumia smartphones.

Users can search places and addresses in 200 countries across the globe and plan the journey by drive, public transit or walk. The calculation of pedestrian routes are carried out taking into account the presence of parks, buildings and open stairs when possible while the drive is determined by considering the traffic conditions in real time. The application shows you all the information on the map, so you can change the path on the fly.

In addition to the standard display, the user can also choose the satellite image and activate the indication of public transport lines. This version of Nokia Here Maps is just a starting point, the Finnish manufacturer will release more updates in the future and integrate new features.

Nokia Asha 501 consumers, who are interested in checking out the beta version can download it from here. Remember that this is a beta version so you might come across a few problems here and there. Lastly, if you are not able to download the beta version right now, we suggest that you wait for sometime and try again because currently it’s available for selective regions only.