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Nokia’s mapping service to soon appear on Samsung smartphones

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Samsung Electronics has signed a deal with Nokia to allow its mapping service appear on Samsung smartphones and the Gear S smartwatch.

The agreement will see a test or a beta version of an Android app for Nokia’s ‘Here’ maps freely included on handsets.

According to Samsung, the move will help the firm distinguish itself from Google, which manages Android.

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Here, formerly called Nokia maps, is also used by Garmin, Amazon and Yahoo. It provides information about maps for Microsoft’s Bing search engine.

190 countries are covered by the map service as well as offering turn-by-turn navigation, public transport details and tourist information. Additionally, the maps can be used offline by downloading them to a device.

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A different version of Nokia’s mapping service is specially being prepared for Samsung’s Gear S smartwatch. Dubbed ‘Here for Gear’, the mapping service will be a navigation system optimized to make use of the relatively small display on the wrist-worn gadget.

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