Nokia Maps Hits Android And iOS Now Available As HTML5 Web App
Nokia the Symbian/Belle manufacturer has just announced their free navigation Maps services is now compatible with Android devices and iOS devices, however the service is not available as a native application for both Nokia Maps on Android and iOS, but can be accessed via your mobile devices web browser.
The launch of an iOS and Android-compatible version of Nokia’s mapping service known as Nokia Maps, the service which powers Nokia’s native mapping applications on its own devices, that haven’t launched arrived as a native iOS and Android app yet, however, with a HTML5-based web service now available at m.maps.nokia.com, so that you can access Nokia Maps via mobiles web browser.
Simply by pointing your mobile browser to the said link, the Nokia Maps service can be used on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch or on Android handsets and the free navigation service serves you with directions on screen as well as audio direction. In addition to basic mapping, Nokia Maps provides navigation support, through separate sets of directions for those who are driving, walking or taking public transport.
While the multiple map viewing is also available in the online service, which includes a default map view showing streets and lebels, a satellite view, a public transportation view and even a live traffic view, which can help you better plan your route. Its not all, every application or hardware has good things as well as some bad ones.
This also has drawbacks, and what are they? When you’re using a a web-based application over a native one for starters, the app needs your permission to access your location in order to provide you with directions – unlike the native apps, this will not remember your response to its prompt the next time you go to use the application.
The Nokia Maps also providing audio directions, for that you have to wait while it downloads a 2 MB audio file to your iOS or Android device. While the mobile web apps are limited in terms of the background processing they can do, which could impact your ability to multitask during navigation.
The new web app works on iPhone, iPad or Android (2.3+) device, and is accessible from m.maps.nokia.com. You can find out more information about Nokia’s free mapping service for Android and Apple’s iOS over at the Nokia Blog.