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Nokia to sell its maps?

May 20, 2015

One of the features I like about my Nokia phone, one of their last models, is that the mapping works fine whether or not it is in cell range, whether or not there are data services. So long as it has cached the local maps — easily done over wifi before traveling — they are there for normal use. That includes finding your location, if your phone has GPS. That flexibility seems to me the right way to build mapping software, and is called out as one reason Nokia’s maps might be a lucrative asset:

One of the biggest advantages of HERE Maps compared to Google Maps is its ability to store maps of certain locations completely offline but still offer users navigational capabilities.

I just hope, if HERE maps are sold, that they remain available for Android phones.

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