Nokia just announced the launch of HERE Maps for the Asha 501 that runs the new Asha Touch platform. The Asha 501 is a budget offering by the ailing smartphone manufacturer and the introduction of the powerful navigation application on the platform will definitely help it stand out from the competition.
The app has been launched as a beta release and works despite the lack of a GPS chipset in the handset and relies on cellular triangulation to get a fix. Despite being an early release, HERE Maps on the Asha 501 offers a comprehensive feature set. It is possible to search for places and addresses in nearly 200 countries, then plan how to get there with drive, public transit and walk directions as list or map view.
Driving directions make use of real time traffic information which can be seen on the map to adjust routes on the fly and to get to your destination faster. The application will also support the updated high resolution satellite imagery that was announced some time back. Users of the Nokia Asha 501 can download the beta version of HERE Maps from the application store by following the link below.
[Via – Nokia Store]