Nokia Reported to Sell Off HERE Maps Division to German Automakers

HERE Maps, Nokia’s own map platform for smartphones and vehicles, may soon be in the hands of German automakers. According to sources, private acquisition meetings between Nokia and a consortium of Germany’s top automakers will lead to the selling of the HERE division. As it is reported, the consortium consists of BMW, Audi, and Daimler AG, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz.  (more…)

Nokia Unveils the N1, a Premium Android Tablet Running Lollipop

Without forewarning, Nokia unveiled the N1 today, a premium 7.9-inch tablet running Lollipop. It is constructed from anodized aluminum, packs a laminated display and Intel processor, weighing a mere 316 grams. It also comes pre-configured with Z Launcher, Nokia’s homescreen replacement on Android. And did we mention, it’s aggressively priced at just $249? In a word, it is compelling. (more…)

Nokia’s HERE Maps Launches in Beta for Select Samsung Hardware Through Apps Store

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.  (more…)

Nokia Launches Z Launcher, an App That Surfaces the “Stuff You Use Often”

Nokia – yes that Nokia – released an app today called Z Launcher that hopes to make your life simpler by predicting or learning from your patterns. The app is only in beta right now, and not through Google Play, but most of you can give it a shot by following a quick sign-up procedure.

So what does it do to make it worth that shot? Well, like many other launchers of today, it tries to learn from your patterns to help bring you apps or contacts or suggestions as you need them before you realize you need them. By using your phone as you always do, Z Launcher takes the information gathered from that and then presents you with the apps you may need to use right now.  (more…)