Nokia launches incremental HERE map updates to reduce data consumption


Nokia (NYSE:NOK) is revamping offline mapping across its HERE real-time location services platform, introducing incremental updates designed to reduce data consumption.

"When an update is available, you don't have to download all your maps anew, only those roads and other map features that have been updated will be downloaded," explains Nokia Maps team member Pino Bonetti. "On average, this means 85-90 percent less data and therefore a much faster update process. If, say, you have downloaded 1.5 GB of maps, you can expect updates to weigh in at roughly 216 MB."

Nokia is rolling out HERE incremental updates to all of its smartphones running Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone 8. "To see whether incremental updates are available, you can download the latest offline maps by going to settings > applications > maps > check for updates," Bonetti says.

Nokia launched the cloud-based, platform-agnostic HERE in late 2012. HERE aggregates a variety of location-specific services including maps, directions and local deals, also touting indoor mapping options. The service processes 20 billion real-time GPS probe points each month--almost half of all HERE data is less than one minute old, and more than three-quarters of it is under five minutes old.

In late August, Nokia unveiled HERE Auto, an embedded, in-dash navigation system arriving alongside a companion smartphone application for Windows Phone and Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android. The HERE Auto suite delivers mapping information with and without a data connection: Drivers may access turn-by-turn, voice-guided navigation spanning 95 countries as well as 2D, 3D and satellite map views including street-level imagery. The HERE Auto Cloud service also offers motorists always-on access to real-time traffic updates, dining recommendations and fuel pricing alerts, as well as information on where to park and where to recharge an electric vehicle.

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