Nokia just announced Here, an upcoming iOS app with voice-guided walking navigation, public transportation directions and offline capability, the latter two glaringly lacking in Apple’s in-house built iOS 6 mapping solution. In comparison, Microsoft’s Bing app only supports basic maps.

Google has problems of its own, rooted in belief that Apple won’t approve a native Google Maps app so it hasn’t even submitted it yet. Regardless of the scarcity of details, we’d love to hear your initial thoughts on Here so cast your vote now…

Per usual, don’t forget share your reasoning with fellow readers down in the comments.

Speaking at a press conference in San Francisco, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop told reporters that the native Here app will work on iPhones, iPads and iPod touches.

From a media release:

Based on HTML5, it will include offline capabilities, voice-guided walk navigation, and public transport directions. The application is scheduled to be available for free download from Apple’s App Store in the coming weeks.

Offline support is another huge advantage of Here – consider that none of the premium iOS mapping offerings from Microsoft, Apple and Google support caching of mapping tiles.

Elop explained at the presser:

Many people have stared at their map waiting for their tiles to download for some time. We’re able to put that computational mapping data onto the devices, so that’s a significant improvement.

Offline support lets you download data for a specified area, which does wonders for rendering oft-used locations more quickly.

Not only that, offline caching reduces your network data consumption (and cell phone bill), location searches are performed more quickly and you can also search through cached areas without Wi-Fi and/or cellular connectivity.

So, discussion time.

How did you vote and why?

  • dammmit just se tomtom app and shut up..

    • mickey

      I prefer navigon (yes I own both) but many users don’t want to drop over $40 for a navigation app, especially when google maps was more than good enough.

  • apples maps will get amazing just soon !!!!!!!

    • Tr1pTr0p

      It would be nice if that happened already, all I keep hearing are excuses.

      • sadaN

        Troll master’s back!

  • Nokia maps are pretty awesome. Can’t wait to give this a try.

    • CollegiateLad

      Should be awesome!!!

  • CollegiateLad

    Google maps just became even more oblivious. No looking back!!

    • Mohammad Ridwan

      Google maps is still the best specially if you are outside the U.S… which is most people in the world..

      • CollegiateLad

        Hmmm… What did China say about that?

      • Yes Googlemap is good if you have unlimited Roaming Data plan (which is VERY expensive) when you travel abroad. I only use maps abroad, do not need maps in my home place.
        But this Nokia map has offline cache function.

  • Al

    I always favor competition.. it only benefits the consumer in the end. I welcome the Nokia maps app.. Anxious to check it out!

  • i think it’s good to have choices, but unless it really is good and catches on, it won’t be any thing significant. I have used Apple Maps, Google Maps, Waze, the Tom Tom USA App, CoPilot, Navigon and a few other ones..
    Tom Tom was great but cost a good penny, plus it installs 1gb of local map data, which if you like your free space might not work for everyone.
    Waze is free and shows traffic, accidents, and the locations of the Police. It just sometimes loses its way along the route..
    Right now I am re-testing the latest CoPilot app and only downloaded the local part of the states that i needed which might give me the benefit of not always having to rely on being connected to navigate.
    I do miss google maps when updating to ios 6, because it was always pretty reliable.
    Just drank the Kool-Aid last week got rid of the ios 5 and my jailbreak, and testing out IOS 6 with no jailbreak to see how i like it. I did jailbreak it for a few days it was buggy and not enough tweaks supported yet, and the semitethered jailbreak is ok, but not stable enough for me.

  • Google isn’t paranoid, Apple are predatory. Hardly a secret or an irrational belief

  • iamnotfan

    Shame on you on you IDB
    FOR So long IOS we used Google Maps
    And when the new one comes your Diching it

  • SimonReidy

    If Nokia can bring out a fully fledged mapping app that competes (and in some ways is better than Apple Maps) then surely this is a sign Google Maps would be allowed in the App Store? I really hope Google has an app in development.

    I’m looking forward to trying Nokia’s solution, but I still want to see a 3rd party Google Maps app released.