Using a mapping application offline is certainly one of the most requested features, when travelling internationally without a data plan or when travelling underground in the subway. This is something that Nokia Maps has been offering for years already and the benefit of which other players have just recently recognized.
So why do we still believe we are offering the best offline solution in the market? We compared Nokia Maps on a Nokia Lumia 920 with Google Maps on a Samsung Galaxy SIII to explain.
As you can see in the video, offering offline maps is not only about giving the option to cache some data offline for later use, it’s a complete experience: it’s about points of interest (POIs) available offline to enable offline search, it’s about navigation voices (over 70 of them, btw) available on-device and offline rerouting.
How do we do this?
We believe that a digital map can be more than just a digital version of a paper map: this is why our maps are computed on your Nokia Lumia with Windows Phone 8. In other words, part of our engine, the HERE platform, is in the palm of your hand instead of on a remote server.
As a result you can enjoy a powerful and reliable location experience. Nokia, Microsoft or 3rd party apps that use the HERE platform will feature fast maps you can easily interact with. You are not going to experience any lag when panning or zooming the map, no service interruptions when you are in the subway and of course no additional roaming costs when travelling abroad.
Are you a regular user of offline maps?