On Friday, Nokia announced that it will be rolling out its HERE Maps, a popular mapping app on Windows Phone 8, to all Windows 8.1 devices. For those that did not know, HERE Maps is an alternative to Bing Maps. The Nokia 2520 tablet will no longer be the exclusive Windows 8.1 device that runs HERE Maps – now all Windows 8.1 devices can have the app!
HERE Maps is already available on the Windows RT 8.1 powered Nokia 2520, but that’s the only Windows 8.1 device it runs on as of right now. Nokia has stated that the app will be arriving for all Windows 8.1 devices in the “coming months.”
“Today we’re delighted to announce that the HERE Maps application for Windows 8.1, currently only available on the Nokia Lumia 2520, will soon be available for all Windows 8.1 devices, including laptops, desktops and tablets. Both Windows RT and Pro devices will be supported. The app will be free and available from the Windows Store,” Nokia writes in a blog post.
Upon its arrival, the app, much like its Windows Phone counterpart, will let you download maps for offline usage, which could be run “as quickly as your computer can manage.” Besides higher resolution maps, the app saves your navigation routes and search history to become all the more useful. The app will soon be available for free at the Windows Store, and its rollout will start with North America and Europe in the coming months.Further reading: Bing Maps, HERE Maps, Nokia, Windows 8.1