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Look out Google: HERE Maps for iPhone and Android incoming

Look out Google: HERE Maps for iPhone and Android incoming

Nokia's HERE mapping app is coming to iPhone and all Android devices, a native app to take on Google Maps and Apple Maps as the Finnish firm refocuses on software and services. The HERE Maps app follows a deal with Samsung to put the navigation system onto Tizen-powered smartwatches, complete with offline maps and turn-by-turn instructions for driving, walking, and public transportation, even when you don't have a data connection.

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You’re overestimating Google’s driverless cars

You’re overestimating Google’s driverless cars

Never tested in snow or heavy rain, potentially ignoring police, and confused into swerving by crumpled newspaper: Google's self-driving cars face more than a few lingering problems before they're truly ready for the road. The search behemoth's plans to start tests of its control-free "pods" out in public had already collided with California's DMV, which demanded that at least rudimentary steering and pedals be fitted before they'd be road-legal, but that may only be the start of Google's headaches.

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Samsung HERE for Android deal sidelines Google

Samsung HERE for Android deal sidelines Google

Samsung has cut a deal with HERE, the Nokia navigation provider, to release HERE for Android, an alternative to Google Maps. We'd noted the HERE-powered turn-by-turn navigation on the Samsung Gear S yesterday, but at the time the significance of the software and services agreement wasn't quite clear: this is Samsung doing its level best to oust Google, and affects all Samsung phones not just a niche smartwatch.

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Garmin viago hopes you’ll pay for personalized navigation

Garmin viago hopes you’ll pay for personalized navigation

Google Maps and Apple Maps may be free, but that hasn't stopped third-party navigation firms from trying to sweeten the deal, with Garmin's new viago smartphone app promising personalization features the PND stalwart believes will lure users away from the freebies. Although international mapping - with data from HERE - along with vehicle and pedestrian navigation, photo-realistic junction and lane guidance, and traffic/speed data are included, there are other features that can be unlocked through in-app purchases.

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Nokia HERE grabs Medio for context-savvy navigation

Nokia HERE grabs Medio for context-savvy navigation

Nokia's HERE division won't be happy until its maps are the navigation equivalent of Skynet, with news that it's acquiring predictive analytics specialist Medio for the next generation of "cognitive mapping." Medio's technology will be baked into HERE Maps to deliver real-time personalization, so that drivers, pedestrians, and others using the apps will get relevant suggestions - whether that's somewhere nearby to eat at lunchtime, or which is the most fuel-efficient route - without having to ask for them first.

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Nokia HERE grabs Desti for smart predictive traveling

Nokia HERE grabs Desti for smart predictive traveling

Nokia's HERE division has snapped up Desti, promising to add artificial intelligence to its future maps to help travelers get exactly the type of hotels, restaurants, and other POIs they want, whether it be for family trips or business. Desti - spun-off from the same team responsible for coming up with Siri - is a search engine for travel, using natural language processing and pattern learning to give advice in a way HERE says will eventually turn its apps into personalized virtual travel agents.

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Nokia HERE Traffic: Inside the team tracking America’s roads

Nokia HERE Traffic: Inside the team tracking America’s roads

The fastest route isn't necessarily the shortest, and that's something Nokia's HERE Traffic group has discovered when it comes to tracking congestion across the US road network. Every day the team uses a combination of official reports, highway cameras, and social networks like Twitter to keep services like Nokia HERE Traffic, Bing Maps, and Yahoo! Maps up to date with the latest incidents and slow-downs. Join us on a photo-tour behind the scenes to find out how.

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Inside the Nokia HERE HD Maps putting Google on notice

Inside the Nokia HERE HD Maps putting Google on notice

Where exactly am I? That’s the question Nokia is facing, not in its position following the Microsoft deal that will see it shed its phone business, but in how it’s constructing the next-generation of mapping data that’s clever enough to give Google Maps sleepless nights. The HERE team calls it an "HD Map" - taking traditional cartography and putting it on steroids - and it’s one of the main pillars the Nokia platform of tomorrow is expected to stand on.

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