Jolla HQ: Announces HERE Maps Partnership
The next piece of news from today is something we’ve all been speculating on over the past months and that is regarding who would be supplying Jolla’s navigational functionality?
As had been hinted by Jolla earlier last week, the answer has now fully come to light as we hoped: none other than our good friend Nokia will be supplying their HERE maps for the new Jolla handset!
Jolla announced an agreement to license positioning services and map technology from HERE, a Nokia business, to be used in Sailfish OS. This will provide users with up-to-date map data and rich location information, such as restaurants and hotels, from over 190 countries around the world.
Enabling fast and accurate retrieval of positioning information anywhere in the world, these services are essential for any mobile maps experience. A global map and location content offering also brings Jolla one step closer to achieving a fully equipped mobile operating system. The mapping asset is an integral part of Jolla’s complete user experience.
“We are excited that HERE is providing its leading positioning services for Sailfish OS and that our maps application will be powered by HERE cloud services. This will help us deliver the optimal mobile maps experience to our customers,” says Jolla CEO, Tomi Pienimäki.
Clearly, by adding the Nokia HERE suite to the new Jolla handset, this will add great value for any new customers and likewise, for existing fans of the great Nokia mapping system (migrating over from the likes of N900, N9 or even the Lumia range), it will be the cherry on the proverbial icing!
I personally find Nokia HERE to be one of the strongest points of Nokia phones today and am thrilled to see this partnership come into fruition.