Nokia to announce HERE Maps tomorrow for Windows Phone; Lumia 520 and 720 confirmed
Nokia is planning on renaming their Nokia Maps to HERE Maps on their Lumia line of Windows Phone. The announcement will coincide with the revealing of the Lumia 520 and Lumia 720 Windows Phone tomorrow, here in Barcelona, during their 8:30am (local time) press conference.
The HERE Maps will be an update for existing Nokia Maps users and will start at version 3.2. The exact release of the software and any enhancements to the mapping system is currently unknown, though 3D detailed mapping via earthmine (acquired by Nokia) and routing via LiveSight may be on the list.
LiveSight is Nokia’s phrase for augmented reality in their mapping apps with City Lens being an example. Nokia’s Jo Harlo revealed the news that it was coming to Nokia Maps during the Lumia 920 announcement back in September:
Seeing as it’s been nearly five months since that announcement, it seems that Nokia Maps getting renamed to HERE Maps along with a new LiveSight feature would be apropos.
Nokia rebranding from Nokia Maps to HERE Maps should not be too surprising as they have been pushing towards that direction for quite some time now, including launching on iOS recently. Since that time, Nokia Maps has had numerous updates, any of which would have been prime for renaming. But perhaps the Finnish company has something bigger to reveal with version 3.2 and were holding off for Mobile World Congress. (That's just our hunch).
In addition, confirmation of the Lumia 520 and Lumia 720 Lumia phones was also found via Help pages on Nokia’s India site. Searching on Nokia.com/in-en/ will bring up two pages with the devices, both pertaining to the new HERE Maps coming at some point in the near future.
Interestingly, the page reveals just how entry level the Lumia 520 as evidently that device does not feature a magnetometer (aka ‘compass’) making Nokia’s LiveSight something that device cannot use. It also confirms that LiveSight will be added to Nokia Maps aka HERE Maps.
We’ll of course have more for you in 12 hours.
Source: Nokia 1 (opens in new tab), 2 (opens in new tab); Thanks, iamSherlocked, for the tip!
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But HERE maps ? Seriouslly ? It's retarded...
It would be REALLY cool if they bought the 'Always On' feature to WP, as well as 'Double Tap to Wake' to WP (like they did with the N9). I would also love to see the Nokia Sleeping Screen app as well.
waiting for few more hrs to pass....
btw: here is a marketing name so it doesnt seem connected to Nokia anymore, thus also users from other cell phones or just at the pc under here.com will use it...
European languages (where English is included) have strong roots in Latin. So it's not really that stupid (I think in Finnish the word has another meaning too but the majority of people think of it as a Latin name).
I find names like "Xperia" (what the hell is that? Even for a contraction of the word "experience" is bad.) more idiotic. And don't even let me start with HTC names). At least "Lumia" conveys a message: "That that shines".
Still, Nokia doesn't come up with names to appeal to Americans. Nokia comes up with names that are more "universal" and thinks Worldwide.
If "Lumia" doesn't cut it in America, well, then sure, they could call it something else. Just like "Opel" is called "Vauxhall" in Britain. Nokia decided not to do that.
And they decided to go for a less-obvious name. All those names you mentioned are pretty cliché. Ooooh a piece of technology with the name "Bionic". How totally original! "Titan" to convey the idea of a strong phone eh? Well, that's completely new. Never been done before! You know where such a name would go well in? A ship! Perhaps an unsinkable ship!
Nokia set the goal to do different. If they wanted to release something just like other brands they would have called it something like "Nokia Colossus" and release their phones in black and white. However, they decided they would make a difference, with different phones presented even in a larger variety of colours. And in that sense, Lumia fits very well. As far as your remarks on the "giving the public what they want when they want", there I agree with you. But what public demands is from the software. And that's Microsofts problem, not Nokias.
And I say "620" too. The "Lumia" adds nothing and would make me sound like a tool.
And, I love the ladies to... Nokia Chicas Grande 930 bitch! Lol!!
But for the press and wider public at MWC, it's a big fat 'who cares?'
It's all perspective. Is the glass half full or half empty?
Sorry about the duplicate ... where on earth is the delete option ?
The reason for my thoughts is that if you go to the here maps on the web its optimized for all browsers except Internet Explorer.
Try the 3D view on here.com when running Internet Explorer and get yourself a good. Laugh. And I thought that Nokia was a partner to Microsoft...