Nokia Maps Coming to iPhone and Android

Nokia Maps Coming to iPhone and Android

Brian Chen for The New York Times writes:

[Nokia] said on Tuesday that in the coming weeks it would release a maps app called Here in Apple’s App Store. It will be a free download for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch owners. Nokia also said it would release a toolkit for programmers to make Nokia-powered mapping apps for Android phones. And it is forming a partnership with Mozilla, the browser company, to develop location features for its new operating system, called Firefox OS.

This is an interesting move by Nokia. The once dominant Finnish handset maker has been struggling to maintain relevancy in the mobile space, and perhaps launching its own maps service for iOS following the poor rollout of Apple’s own mapping solution might be a good move. Moreover, expanding to Android and Mozilla’s new Firefox OS could also serve as two strong partnerships for Nokia.

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