Samsung ditches Google for Nokia’s Here Maps
Samsung signed a new pact with the now-weakened Nokia Finland who earlier this year offloaded it’s Nokia Devices & Services department to Microsoft.
The partnership will see Nokia’s Here Maps being adopted exclusively to Samsung Galaxy phones as well as integrating with Samsung’s new Tizen OS-powered Gear S smartwatch which also has maps application running inside.
October is the date — when the Samsung Gear S wearable will break cover. Galaxy users can download Nokia Here Maps from Samsung Store after the watch hits the market, but for now, the app is still in beta mode.
Samsung is having a few qualms with Android OS and search engine giants, Google, who tried to squash the beef unsuccessfully on several occasions. Coupled with the beef and the fact that Here Maps offers offline functionality (something that Google Maps and Earth doesn’t do), Samsung has jumped ship in the map and location aspect.
In a bid to stay away from Google, Samsung has also built it’s own mobile OS, the Tizen OS, though the platform doesn’t seem to be going anywhere with the cancellation of the first smartphone powered by it, the Samsung Z.