Select Samsung device owners have a new maps application to choose from this morning, as Nokia’s own HERE app has launched in beta through the Apps Store. Having a beta of HERE leaked already, we found that Nokia’s entry into the maps world for Android has been rather well done, as it offers one big feature that we wish Google Maps did much better, that being a true Offline Mode.
While Google does allow you to cache a selected area of a map to your phone, the map is essentially useless, as no navigation or searches can be performed with the map. For all helpful features, you need a data connection. With HERE, any map you download is still fully searchable, navigable with turn-by-turn directions, and complete with 3D renderings of buildings.
As stated, the application is still in Beta through the Apps Store, downloadable only by a handful of Samsung devices including the Galaxy S5, but it is still a decent option that you might want to check out.