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Nokia has just revealed it’s mapping applications and it has named ‘Nokia Here’. The latest version of the Nokia Maps is a refurbished version of the earlier Nokia Maps. However there are a number of interesting and exciting innovative features created to make its operation more easy and user friendly.
Nokia Here is a cloud based mapping service and assists the user in getting to interesting places and this time the focus is on communities. Users can collect places he has been and can then share his or her experience with other people. Users can also know more about different places by clicking a button and can even create their very own maps and in the process help the map maker Nokia to improve the maps by adding notes and new roads on the maps.
It is a very heartening development that there is an alternative to the Google Maps in the form of ‘Nokia Here’. However the billion dollar question is can it provide a viable alternative?
It will be a good idea to compare the features of the Nokia Here and Google Maps.
It is difficult to discern any difference between the Google Maps and the Nokia Here since both are quite easy and hassle free to navigate. While the moving on the map is done by dragging the directional pad, zooming is effected by double clicking on the maps. The Google Maps interface is a little more comfortable than the Nokia Here where the controls are placed at the bottom of the maps.
Google Maps are much more detailed than the Nokia Here and this can be explained because Google Maps have been existence for quite some time and there have been many major upgrades. Google Maps reveals more places of interest than the Nokia Here Maps.
The 3D style view of the buildings in Google Maps makes it possible to locate a spot in a jiffy as compared to Nokia Here which is woefully short when it comes to information like the street name at similar levels of Zoom.
However this is not going to last long and with Nokia having acquired 3D mapping company, Earthmine, it will be some time before we can see slick 3D exploration capabilities which will result in several cities are mapped in 3D and the effect will be remarkable. Nokia will be giving 3D maps for 25 major cities and it will include lifelike representations of buildings, objects and landscapes.
The street level views of Google Maps and Nokia Here works in the similar way by dragging the icon over the relevant street. Google Street View is miles ahead of the Nokia’s version. Image quality of the Google Street View is also better than Nokia Here. Nokia Here and Google Maps offer alternative routes and display information about distance and travel time based on the mode of transport. The Nokia Here directions are a bit easier to follow. So is the traffic information on The Nokia Here which is much clearer and better than Google maps.