Yesterday saw the release of Nokia HERE for iOS as the company steadfastly behind Windows Phone hopped ecosystems as Google has done with the Chrome browser and Microsoft may do with Office. The app, which includes offline maps capability, wasn’t the only location-based info news as Telenav added voice to the free version of the well-implemented Scout navigation program. Features such as red light camera databases remain exclusively in the premium version.
The additions come at a welcome time for iOS users who are still wresting with Apple Maps’ immaturity and will create more competition not only for Apple, but for other third-party options. At least they bring the advantages of apps as opposed to some fo the Web-based mapping alternatives referred to in Apple’s Maps apology.