Nokia HERE Maps Comes to Android Smartphones and Tablets, Download the Beta Now

It’s sad to see Nokia branded devices disappear from the market, as most of the Nokia Lumia devices will be called Microsoft Lumia. What’s left out of Nokia is its software and business division.

And the remaining team has now made available for download to most Android devices the BETA version of the Nokia HERE Maps app solution. Devices with Android 4.1 (‘Jelly Bean’) or greater will be able to run it. Also, 1GB of RAM or more and a screen size between four and six inches is recommended.

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However, at the moment only beta version of the app is available for download, which means you will have to side-load it, as it hasn’t been yet released on the Play Store. Also, the app will not automatically update if newer versions are available, at least not until it becomes available officially on the Play Store.

Follow these steps to download the app using your smartphone or your PC

Download using your Android smartphone:

  1. Tap on ‘Get the app now’.
  2. Confirm the download and choose the directory on your smartphone in which you’d like to store the apk file (e.g. “Downloads”).
  3. Open a file manager on your smartphone and tap the directory to which you downloaded HERE_beta_175.apk. If you do not yet have a file manager installed, you can go to the Google Play Store and install e.g. ES file explorer, Astro file manager or File Expert.
  4. Tap HERE_beta_175.apk to start the installation.
  5. Your phone will ask you to allow the installation. To do that, go to Settings in your phone, then Security (which could also be under Settings > More Options). Then tick the “Unknown sources” box. This allows apps from sources other than the official app store to be installed on your phone.
  6. When the installation is finished, you can open the HERE app from the app drawer.

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Download using your PC:

  1. Download the HERE_beta_175.apk file to a folder on your PC (e.g. “Downloads”)
  2. Connect your Android phone to your PC (e.g. via USB cable or Bluetooth). Remember to unlock the screen, if it’s locked.
  3. Open the file explorer on your PC and copy the HERE_beta_175.apk from the directory where you downloaded it to a directory on your phone.
  4. Disconnect your phone from your PC.
  5. Open a file manager on your phone and tap the directory to which you downloaded HERE_beta_175.apk. If you do not yet have a file manager installed, you can go to the Google Play Store on your phone and install e.g. ES file explorer, Astro file manager or File Expert.
  6. Tap HERE_beta_175.apk to start the installation.
  7. Your phone will ask you to allow the installation. To do that, go to Settings in your phone, then Security (which could also be under Settings > More Options). Then tick the “Unknown sources” box. This allows apps from sources other than the Google Play Store to be installed on your phone.
  8. When the installation is finished, you can open the HERE app from the app drawer.

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