Nokia's Here Maps that was once exclusive to Microsoft Windows Phone has now been launched for Android. The app, currently in beta version, can be downloaded for free from the Google Play store and can run on devices running Android 4.1 or higher.
Nokia Here Maps app lets you navigate, search or get directions, and helps you find restaurants, as well as other interesting local places. The app was initially made available for specific Samsung Galaxy phones earlier this year and was later expanded to more Android devices through the Here.com site.
Nokia Here maps was launched for Apple iOS devices as well last year but the company pulled the app from the platform in December 2013. However the company is plan to launch the app again for iOS in early 2015.
Nokia stated, "More than a million of you have already taken HERE for Android beta for a spin, with the most active downloaders coming from Germany and the USA. Today, the playground gets bigger with the beta version of HERE for Android arriving for freeon the Google Play store across the world."
Microsoft had acquired Nokia's smartphone devices and service business last year for $7.2 billion. Post the acquisition the company killed off the 'Nokia' brand and launched the Lumia range as 'Microsoft Lumia' smartphones. With the company no longer making smartphones, its in Nokia's best interests to get as many users on their services as possible. The company has turned to Android as they are looking for the biggest user base to engage.