Nokia has announced they are planning to expand their exclusive mapping services application to competing platforms. In a press release, they said they will launch Nokia Maps for iOS as a free download from Apple’s App Store in the coming weeks.
According to Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, Nokia Maps will be based on HTML5 and will offer unique features once specific to Lumia devices running on the Windows platform. The app will support offline mode (allowing users to save map locations without the need of an active internet connection), voice-activated map directions and public transit routes.
With Nokia making their presence on iOS, many iPhone 5 users will see this as a sign of relief after Apple’s Maps app for iOS 6 was met with criticism regarding its shortcomings in features and map data accuracy.
Nokia has confirmed that their Maps App has been submitted to the App Store and is ending approval from Apple.