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It seems like Finnish smartphone maker Nokia will soon enter the mapping territory in Android and iOS domains as well. According the latest report by The Wall Street Journal, Nokia will be launching a free Here offline maps for both Android and iOS devices by the end of 2014.
Thus far, Nokia's Here maps are only being offered for Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 devices and hopefully, the offline map will be soon get to occupy the space in Google Play Store and Apple Store.
However, both Android and iOS has their own apps which delivers mapping functionality. Google Map is so far the best mapping apps that is widely used by Android device users across the globe while Apple also has its own Maps.
Nevertheless, Nokia's goal might be to hit the market with a rival mapping app that sports features not offered by Apple or Google, such as full offline access.
Google might allow Nokia to enter the Android space at least in the form of map apps but it is yet to be seen how Apple will react to the fact. It is not sure whether the Cupertino giant will allow the Here Map enter the iOS eco-system.
Here executive Sean Fernback, said, "I'm convinced people are looking for alternatives. Google Maps is a good solution for many, their maps work very well, but it has looked the same and done the same for a long time."
Some of the online reports suggest that the Nokia is not looking for financial gains with the new idea of expanding its mapping apps to other platforms. However, the free maps are expected to bring in feedback that would help Nokia to improve their location engine.