Once the Samsung Gear S smartwatch is released in October, users will be seeing Here for Android on the device instead of Google Maps. A licensing agreement between Samsung and Nokia has brought Nokia’s services to other Tizen devices, so this is just an extension of that pre-existing agreement.
Samsung’s desire to launch its own Tizen smartphones and wearables shows that the company would at least like to have an alternative to Android. Despite Google Maps being the mapping software everyone is familiar with, Samsung will be offering an alternative to it. No one knows if Samsung is looking down the road to move away from Android, but there are signs pointing in that direction.
Here for Android on the Gear S will provide turn-by-turn directions for pedestrians, and it will be able to sync with some Samsung smartphones as well.
Of all the competitors to Google Maps, Here is one of the few that actually functions well. It makes sense Samsung would decide to work with Nokia on its Tizen devices, since at least users won’t have a worse experience because they are not using Google Maps. Both services offer offline maps and they are capable of providing in-depth driving and pedestrian instructions.
Via [The Verge]